Students residing in Tang Hall Lane have complained of constant harassment by local teenagers since they moved in at the start of this academic year.
Throughout the year, a small gang of teenagers have attempted to break into residents’ houses, left rubbish in their gardens, and attacked students as they arrived home from campus.
Residents claim that they have not yet reported the gang to the police out of fear of retribution from the teenagers’ families – all of whom live locally. One resident claimed, “I would call the police but I’m worried their dads will come round and mess us up.”
He continued: “Pretty much every night, a group made up of six 13 to 15 year old girls hang outside where we live and try to get into our house. They keep on banging on our door and swearing.”
According to the residents, the group regularly attempt to assault them as they return home: “One night, I was walking home when I heard a group of them approach me. They were completely drunk and one girl tried to jump on my back. I heard them coming so I dodged out the way. She landed on the floor.”
A second year resident, Adam, stated: “If we pop to the supermarket, they come up to us just to abuse us, always looking for an argument. We tried all sorts to get them to stop but they won’t. Our neighbours get it really bad too.”
Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of the gang finding out he had spoken to Nouse, has claimed that as the gang “get more familiar”, their attacks become more persistent.
He said: “Their latest game is to try and get into our house.” He continued to say that him and his housemates were apprehensive about “forcibly removing” the gang because they suspected that the girls would go to the police with false accuations against them.
On the night of Halloween, the same resident described how the “five girls who live next door got attacked by one of the kids.” The girls were too scared to call the police, and refused to speak to Nouse as they were worried about the gang retaliating.
The girl gang frequently hangs around with local older boys. A third year student, who also lives in close proximity to the gang, commented: “It’s a bit weird, isn’t it? 21 year old boys with 13 year old girls in their house?”
She continued: “They’re always bragging about how many boys they’ve slept with. One girl told me she slept with five boys and tried to show me pictures of her having sex on her phone.”
Since the incident, the third-year resident has deliberately kept out of the way of the gang. She explained how the gang “wanted to get back at us for ignoring them. One of the girls tried to wee in our garden. Unfortunately she got the wrong garden.”
Ben Humphreys, YUSU Welfare Officer, commented: “Although York is a relatively friendly city, if you do find yourself in conflict with local residents it’s vital you contact the University welfare advisors or, if the situation is extreme, the police.”