Residents are being terrorised by 21-strong gang of yobs in picturesque spa town

  • last year
Shocking footage shows how residents are being terrorised in their homes by a 21-strong gang of teenage yobs who have descended on a picturesque spa town.

The large group of "feral" youths have been causing havoc across the sleepy Worcestershire town of Malvern Link for the past several months.

Locals say they are being tormented by the group, estimated to be aged between 12-16, who are threatening people with knives and throwing stones at houses.

Others say they have caught them urinating in neighbouring gardens, stealing and setting fires through people's letterboxes.

Parents have said they are too scared to let their kids play out after one boy was beaten up while elderly residents have been left "prisoners in their own homes".

One couple living on Cedar Avenue, where house prices average around £320,000, caught the hooded youths on their Ring doorbell camera last week.

Footage shows the intimidating gang swarming their driveway before they went into the garden and stole their son's £1,000 bag and £300 bike from their cabin.

Célia McCullough, 47, who lives with partner Neil Topping, 49, said they rushed home after watching the theft unfold last Saturday (29/4).

Mum-of-two Celia later uploaded the footage to social media in a bid to raise awareness and catch those responsible - but was told by police to take it down.

She said: "We saw the group on the footage and we were able to count 21 people that were involved looking at my camera and my neighbours.

"It was scary seeing them all at the end of our driveway.

"They rushed into our garden and stole my son's bag from our cabin. They also stole an expensive bike as well.

"We were driving back home after we found out but we were told by a neighbour that they had already left and had made their way to Malvern Link station.

"We heard that they were also throwing stones at homes and urinating on properties as well.

"Since uploading it to social media I have been told countless other stories from people who have been terrorised by these same kids.

"One said they were too scared to let their children play out after a boy was beaten up by them. They have threatened another with a knife.

"I've been told they put things on fire through someone's postbox. It's just awful. This is a nice quiet area with a lot of elderly residents.

"This isn't a big city where you might sort of expect this thing, although it's unacceptable anywhere, we moved here because it was beautiful and quiet.

"They need to be stopped but when I uploaded the footage I was told by police to take it down because an investigation was ongoing.

"But we haven't seen them do anything to stop them. We understand they come from Worcester by train to purposely target our little town.