'Drunk students' blamed for running over cars in Cheltenham
ANGRY resident Robert Adcock says his neighbourhood has been plagued with 'drunks' running over cars, throwing bollards around and kicking off car wing mirrors.
Mr Adcock said the problems in Cambray Mews and Wellington Street had been going on for three years. He has blamed university students.
The 43-year-old said: "It is a shame that a lovely town like Cheltenham has been blighted by out of control students, drunk men and woman, but as much as I like the town I am desperate to leave, especially with a baby son in the house.
"For nine months we have been trying to sell our house at a reduced price, but several people have told us that the reputation of the town centre puts them off buying here.
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"When I take my baby son and dog to the park I have had to detour into the street to avoid the mess. It is strewn with bollards, takeaway food wrappers and an upturned wheelie bin.
"Some other incidents have included our for sale board being ripped off twice, people running over cars and kicking off wing mirrors, urinating in the Mews, throwing bollards around and tipping over our full recycling bin."
The father-of-three said he was regularly woken up by people shouting between 2am and 5am.
The former carpenter turned house husband believes the culprits are of student age. He said the anti-social behaviour got worse during term time, and despite the ongoing problem, he rarely saw a patrolling police officer.
"I haven't tried to ring the police, because I honestly think what is the point," he said.
"We see the damage in the morning and even if we're woken up they would be long gone when the police get here so it seems a waste of their time as well."
But Gloucestershire police said they were being proactive and trying to address the issues in the area.
Sergeant Tim Hutchinson, said: "We are aware of the concerns regarding the behaviour of young people and students in the area, which seems to be at its worst on Monday nights.
"We've been working with Cheltenham Borough Council, the Cheltenham Safe organisation, owners of the nightclubs near there and the university to address the situation.
"We carry out foot patrols in the hotspot areas very regularly and now also run a scheme with the university which involves a number of second and third year students who have been specially trained and equipped to carry out patrols in the town centre on Monday nights and encourage their fellow students to behave more responsibly."