Council complains of lawlessness in Lydney
CONCERNS have been raised over the increasing levels of anti-social behaviour and burglary in Lydney.
Councillors expressed their worries at a full town council meeting on Monday after receiving complaints from residents in Albert Street, who are concerned about boy racers.
They are calling on an increased police presence to prevent teenagers congregating in Newent Street car park every evening and playing loud music until late at night.
Councillors also raised concerns after a spate of shop burglaries in recent months which saw one shop burgled twice in a week.
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It was agreed a letter would be written to the local officers expressing their anxieties.
Town councillor Carol Harris said this kind of anti-social behaviour is fast becoming the norm.
She said: "You can go up to the Newent Street car park every evening and it is obvious what these boy racers are doing and how much noise and disturbance they are causing to residents in Albert Street.
"It has become a bit of a trend and we want to see more of a police presence to try and deter this from happening.
"We are also concerned by the recent spate of shop burglaries and I understand something like a shop watch may be set up.
"Years ago there used to be a Pub Watch, where all the pubs and off-licenses were in contact and would inform each other if there were somebody wandering around drunk and making a nuisance.
"I would like to see more CCTV in the area which would help apprehend burglars and hopefully deter them."
PCSO Dan Wilce said: "Lydney officers are looking to set up a Storewatch scheme similar to the Shopwatch scheme in Gloucester, which has proven very effective.
"While still to be finalised, this may mean more information about persistent shoplifters and in some cases photos being circulated by police amongst store managers so that incidents of theft can be reduced and bans put in place where appropriate."