Cracking down on late night noise in town park
LUTTERWORTH’S top cop says his officers are aiming to tackle anti-social behaviour problems at the town’s country park after a spate of reports of nuisance behaviour at the site in recent weeks.
Sgt Peter Jelbert said officers had been contacted by a number of residents living in the Brookfield Way area concerned about the noise and litter caused by young people gathering at the nearby park.
He added: “We have not had many complaints about that area historically, so to get several in the past couple of weeks would be considered fairly unusual.
“It seems to be something which has suddenly flared up.
“The complaints mostly stem from the noise being made and the litter which is being left behind by the groups of young people, who seem to be congregating at the site in cars in the evening.”
Sgt Jelbert said his officers had dealt with similar problems at the Coventry Road recreation ground in the past – but the Country Park had seen very few complaints in recent years.
Some of the problems at the recreation ground stemmed from late-night drinking, and caretakers from Lutterworth Town Council said they would regularly spend hours cleaning up glass bottles and tin cans from the area after the weekend.
He added: “There is no suggestion that they are causing criminal damage or anything along those lines but there is some anti-social behaviour which is causing a problem for people living in that part of Brookfield Road near the country park.
“We are looking at creating a problem-solving plan for that area to try and tackle some of the issues.
“We could target the country park with more police patrols, but that would be a short-term fix, so the next step would be to ask partner organisations like the council if there are changes that can be made to that area, such as new lighting or adding gates.
“Depending on our investigations in the next few weeks, it could become one of our main priorities for Lutterworth which are listed on the force website.
“It is something we will be focusing on until we have resolved the problems there.”
Sgt Jelbert said that as well as receiving complaints from the residents, comments about the area had been submitted to him from Lutterworth Town Council.
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