Leeds traders “under threat” from anti-social teenagers

A photo of the Leeds Central ArcadeShop owners in Central Arcade have complained of antisocial behaviour from teenagers.

Businesses in Leeds Central Arcade have complained about being terrorised by teenagers.

Sarah Turner, who opened XS Hair in Central Arcade in 2016, said she was confronted by two teenagers who were later found to be carrying a knife.

She told Leeds Live: “It’s like the wild west sometimes.

“Business is hard enough already without having to deal with all this.”

Although security has been hired, some traders have said it has not stopped the anti-social behaviour.

James Greenhalgh runs the Flamingos Coffee House and said the behaviour has given many businesses second thoughts about whether running a business in the area is worth the cost.

“Business rates are expensive, rents are going up, car parking is going up and footfall is falling as more people are buying stuff on the Internet”, he said.

“Then you get trouble with anti-social behaviour on top of all the other difficulties that come with running a business and it’s hard work.

“Sometimes it makes you think: ‘Is it worth it?’”

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