A gang of kids started riding their bikes up and down the aisles of Farmfoods on a Hull housing estate and "harassed" staff.

Police have issued a statement in response to reports of youths behaving "antisocially" in and around North Point Shopping Centre.

On a post on the Hull Traffic and Travel group on Thursday, one woman said three youngsters had been "hanging around" the shopping centre after school and "harassing" staff. She said they were also riding into a shop on their bikes.

"To the three young lads' parents that are hanging around Bransholme centre after school harassing the staff," she posted on Thursday.

"You must be so proud. Riding into Farmfoods without a care in the world.

"Two of them riding dark-coloured bikes, the other a very recognisable orange giant/gant bike (unsure of the name) and wearing them bags over their shoulders laughing as they are causing misery to the staff.

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"Get your feral kids under control because one day someone is going to teach them a lesson."

She also told Hull Live there was also an attempted theft.

"There were three youths all of secondary school age causing havoc outside of Farmfoods and riding their bikes into the shop. There was also an attempted theft outside just before the time I saw them too."

"They were jumping on cars outside of Home Bargains," she said. "I went into shop and told them, plus they were giving the staff s*** at the suntan place."

Humberside Police tweeted on Friday morning to say neighbourhood officers were in North Point Shopping Centre investigating "the issues from the last two nights" with youths "causing antisocial behaviour".

They said any offences would be dealt with and said concerns raised on social media were "being addressed", although it did not clarify exactly what they were.

But the centre manager for the shopping centre said no antisocial behaviour had been reported and there was a busy Christmas atmosphere in the centre with families doing last-minute shopping.

A spokeswoman for Stagecoach bus company also confirmed none of its buses had been damaged following some other reports on social media.

Humberside Police have also released a statement to Hull Live saying no incidents were reported directly to them but that they had been made aware of "issues".

A spokeswoman said: "We were sorry to hear reports of youths behaving antisocially in and around North Point Shopping Centre in Bransholme yesterday [Thursday].

"No incidents had been reported directly to us but, having been made aware of the issues this morning, we have been in contact with both the centre and Stagecoach bus company to see if any offences have been committed, so we can deal with those responsible."

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Louise Smith, centre manager at North Point Shopping Centre, said no incidents had been reported to the centre either and said it was full of families in the lead-up to Christmas.

She said the presence of police in the shopping centre on Friday was not a surprise and was to be expected as part of Operation Yuletide.

"There's lots of families queuing up to see Santa," she said. "The shops are busy, everyone is doing last-minute Christmas shopping. We are a very busy shopping centre. 

"The police may have been to speak to security but nothing has come through to myself. We were expecting them [police] anyway as part of Operation Yuletide.

"We are a family friendly shopping centre and we are very busy with Christmas."

Sergeant Steve Hepworth said no buses were damaged and police are reviewing CCTV footage from the shopping centre.

“We’re happy to say that no buses were damaged and we’re in the process of reviewing CCTV from the shopping centre to try and identify those responsible for any antisocial behaviour in the area so that we can deal with them appropriately," he said.

“We know that this kind of behaviour can have a big impact on the wider community and no one should have to put up with it.

“My team regularly patrol in the area and I want to reassure you that we will be spending more time there over the coming days to act as a deterrent and to deal with any questions or concerns you may have.

“It’s also important that if there are issues happening that you let us know as quickly as possible.”

Police say anyone with information about yesterday’s "incident", should call their non-emergency 101 line.

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