A gang of youths were seen 'breaking into' a former pupil referral unit before throwing abuse at a couple and their one-year-old child, says the young family.

A group of three young men were seen scaling the fences of The Pupil Learning Centre building in Summerseat Lane in Bury on Monday afternoon.

The gang 'smashed the windows' of the former pupil referral unit and 'broke into the building', according the passing family who called the police.

The building, New Summerseat House, has been empty for some time after The Pupil Learning Centre relocated, according to Bury Council which owns the premises.

Daniel Peace, 29, and his wife were walking with their one-year-old son in a pram when they saw the youths.

The gang appeared to be smashing windows and entering the building, according to witness Daniel Peace

Mr Peace, who lives near the building, said: "We could see these young lads and, after standing and watching, we realised they were scaling the fences and breaking the windows to get in.

"They were pulling out the broken glass to get inside.

"They disappeared out of view and I realised they had gone inside.

"I think they knew there would be less traffic, fewer pedestrians. I think they thought they could do what they want and that no-one was going to see them."

The youths appeared to be around 14 to 15-years-old, says Mr Peace.

As Mr Peace reported the group to the police, another young man, believed to be part of the gang, rode up to the young family on his bike and levelled abuse at them as their son cried in his pram.

The witness says he saw three people scaling the fences of the former pupil referral unit

Mr Peace said: "A kid on his bike saw me on the phone and came over to us. He started calling me a 'f***ing snitch' and a 'grass' for calling the police.

"He started following us home.

"I did not want to start a confrontation that could have spilled out but my wife was worried that we were being followed home and they would know where we live."

Eventually the youth lost interest and the family managed to walk home safely, says Mr Peace.

Mr Peace added: "More than anything, we are all supposed to be on lock down and we have got young kids who are out of school completely disregarding what we are being told will save lives.

"We are all sat inside and losing our minds with boredom and these young lads are meeting up and running around the streets, destroying people's property.

"The whole community, and we really do have a sense of community in the area, is really trying to get behind this and do its part.

"But all it takes is a few young idiots to make it pointless."

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: "At around 3.30pm on Monday 30 March 2020, police were called to reports of a burglary at a premises on Summerseat Lane, Bury.

"Officers attended."

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