Residents are concerned about a spate of antisocial behaviour in an area of Carlisle.

Eggs being thrown at houses, teenagers meeting up in groups of up to 20 and litter are just three of the problems that have led a number of residents to take matters into their own hands.

Local Carlisle City Councillor Liz Mallinson says the problems are in the area of Wolsty Close and Windsor Way in Stanwix and she has directly received complaints from those living nearby. She says the problems have been on and off for the last few weeks.

“I am getting a surge of letters and emails of concerns from residents about antisocial behaviour. People are very concerned that quite a large number are congregating there,” she explained.

Mrs Mallinson’s main concern lies around those who are breaking rule of six laws by meeting in large groups.

“You’ve got to think about the consequences of your actions. You might not get ill but you will go home to parents who will visit their parents and people who are more vulnerable.

“The number of cases are going up in the city and in Cumbria. We have worked so hard to keep the numbers down.

“As a leader of Carlisle I feel very strongly that the message must be: ‘obey the rules, I know it is hard but think of your elderly grandmother or grandfather, your elderly friends or people with underlying health conditions. Everytime you break the rules, there is a risk they could die.”

Mrs Mallinson is also concerned about the growing problem of antisocial behaviour in the area, which she says is having a negative impact on residents.

One of those who is frustrated is Steve, who has lived on the estate for 15 years. He wishes to withhold his surname for fear of repercussions.

“On Sunday I collected two full bags of rubbish, filled with glass, beer cans and things like that.

“My son had a shopping trolley pushed at him by kids who shouldn’t have been in the park in the first place because they are too old. It hurts me when I see rubbish in my area of town.”

He recently posted leaflets through the letterboxes of local residents, asking them to be vigilant and report this type of behaviour to police.

A spokeswoman for Cumbria Constabulary said: “Police are urging parents in Carlisle to ensure their children are not getting mixed up in anti-social behaviour. Officers are also reminding them that children fall under the rule of six Covid-19 restrictions – and should be sticking to the rules designed to protect everyone.

“Officers are asking parents to ensure their children are returning home from school promptly, especially as some schools now have different home times.”