High-pitched 'mosquito' set to deter antisocial yobs in Barton
PROBLEM youths are to be kept away from Barton using a mosquito device.
Police and anti-social behaviour (ASB) officers want to install it near Napier Street Park in a bid to tackle "nightmare" problems for residents.
For the past three years, they have bombarded the council with complaints about people gathering in the play area there, drinking alcohol, playing loud music and making noise through the night.
A resident of Raclan Street, who did not want to be named, said: "I haven't seen one of these in action but it does seem a bit optimistic.
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"We'll just have to wait and see. We still have problems with young people hanging around."
According to police.uk, about 70 incidents of antisocial behaviour were reported in the Napier Street area in 2012.
A dispersal order is already in place and Project Solace, a partnership between Gloucester City Homes, police and Gloucester City Council's Community Safety Partnership, has now suggested the mosquito as another temporary solution.
It will face the park and emit an annoying high pitched-noise which is mostly only audible to under-25s.
Rachel Stafford, anti-social behaviour officer for Project Solace said: "Police have tried a range of different things, but it is still a problem. We hope a mosquito might give residents some respite.
"We want to try and nip it in the bud before summer comes again because when the weather gets better things will only get worse."
Residents have been consulted and agreed on the idea.
It now needs the nod from Project Solace bosses.