The residents of a Lancashire village are bidding to keep security fencing they put up around their homes to curb anti-social behaviour.

People living in Inchfield, Skelmersdale, are applying for retrospective planning permission for the security measure after being told by the council it must be pulled down, the Champion reports.

They put up the security fencing to stop people gaining access to a path that links their road with a nearby ASDA supermarket.

Residents say the fencing has worked in curtailing instances of vandalism and nuisance behaviour.

"Before the fence was built, we had cars vandalised, windows smashed, suffered abusive and threatening behaviour from groups of yobs," a spokesperson for residents who wanted to remain anonymous, told the newspaper.

"Many residents were worried for their children's safety as well as their own."

The council will look at the application later this month. It told residents last September that the fence could not stay because it blocked part of Skelmersdale's footpaths.

Last month, security fencing was installed around the homes of residents in Talke, Staffordshire, who had been plagued by anti-social behaviour.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800403203-ADNFCR