The PSNI are stepping up the hunt for a 10-strong gang of youths who they say have been terrorising the central Craigavon area .
The gang, made of up youths from ages14 to 18, have been involved in burglary, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.
Photographs taken by the PSNI show the extent of vandalism which has taken place in the Limefield Rise area recently and which the gang appear to have focussed on.
Brownlow Neighbourhood Policing Team are asking for the help of the local community to address this antisocial behaviour.
A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police have become aware of a group of young people (males aged between 14 and 18 years old) who are involved in antisocial behaviour, criminal damage and burglary in the local area.”
Sergeant Alwyn Peters, Brownlow NPT, explained: “There has been a spate of antisocial behaviour and criminal damage over the last number of weeks in the Centrale estates and particularly in the Limefield Rise area where there are a number of vacant houses.
“We believe there is a group of teenagers who are heavily involved in this and also believe that they have been involved in some burglaries.
“No one wants to live in an area that is vandalised or where they are in fear of their homes being targeted.
“We want to put a stop to this activity and find those responsible but we cannot do it without the support of the community.
“We need to know where this group frequents, what they are involved in and what their activities are.
“We can use this information to respond to reports of antisocial behaviour and crime and to target our resources where they will be most appropriate.
“No one wants their child to get into trouble with the law and I am asking parents to sit their children down and explain the repercussions of this type of behaviour.
“Young people may not understand exactly what they are getting involved in but a criminal conviction can have long lasting consequences on their future education, employment and travel prospects.”
Sgt Peters continued: “I am asking all residents in the Brownlow area to report any antisocial behaviour, criminal or suspicious activity to police.
“We will be increasing patrols in the local area and are working with partner agencies to ensure that vacant properties are properly secured.
“If you have concerns or need advice you can contact the Brownlow team on 0845 600 8000.”