‘No respect’ Abusive youths loiter outside care home and taunt elderly residents

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Belong Macclesfield, a care home in Cheshire, said it has been “incredibly disheartening” to witness the youths abuse and taunt its residents. The teenagers have been spotted loitering on the grass outside the property and then terrorising the pensioners.

Police have increased patrols in the area, reports Cheshire Live.

A spokesman for the force said: “It is very alarming and disappointing that these youths are finding it funny to mock our most vulnerable residents in our community. Further enquiries are being made to identify the culprits.

“If any resident has any information in regards to these incidents please get in touch.”

The care home manager, Caroline Ray, said: “It is incredibly disheartening that a small number of young people have been disturbing our residents from the boundary of our care village on Kennedy Avenue.

“We have been liaising with the community police and are thankful to Broken Cross and Upton Police, of Cheshire Constabulary, for their increased patrols in the area and for their regular communication with us.”

The nursing home wants to help educate young people about dementia, a condition many of its residents live with. 

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It is very alarming and disappointing that these youths are finding it funny to mock our most vulnerable residents in our community

Cheshire Police

Ms Ray added: “At Belong, we believe that educating young people and promoting inter-generational relationships builds understanding and respect for older people and those living with dementia.

“As a result of providing numerous work placements and other experiential opportunities, we have excellent relationships with young people and we have reached out to our contacts at nearby schools to partner in an awareness campaign and to encourage their students to become ‘dementia friends’.

“We hope the disturbance is an isolated incident and also extend our gratitude to our neighbours for their continued support.”

MP for Macclesfield David Rutley also said there was “no place for behaviour like this’ and encouraged those who have witnessed the behaviour to contact the police.

Mr Rutley, who represents the Conservative Party, said: “It is very sad and disappointing to hear about recent cases of abusive and mocking comments being targeted at residents in Belong Macclesfield.

“Many people locally have friends and family members who are or have been residents in this caring nursing home and care village, which prides itself as being an active part of the community.

“There is no place for behaviour like this and I would encourage local residents who have witnessed this behaviour to let the police know, so that they can more fully help support older and vulnerable members of our community.”

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