Troublesome students causing a nuisance in Weston Road
UNRULY students are causing a nuisance for residents in Weston Road by swearing, shouting alleged homophobic abuse and throwing bottles and cans in the early hours of the morning.
Complaints have been levelled at students who moved into several houses in the road last month.
Their late-night antics have been disrupting the residents there who, after suffering similar problems in years gone by, are keen to nip the issue in the bud before it spirals out of control.
One mum, who did not wish to be named, has been living in the road for 14 years and she is used to misbehaving students.
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But Tuesday's trouble was some of the worst she has witnessed.
She said: "It was a bit of a shock to be honest.
"We were woken up at around 3.20am I think, by shouting and swearing in the back garden.
"I went outside to speak to them but they didn't seem to take it on board, and then they just took the noise out to the front of the house.
"We have had some really bad students living there in the past, and we are all worried that this group might be just as bad.
"Usually the trouble happens after they come back in from a student night in town.
"There is only so much antisocial behaviour you can take before you have to make a stand against it.
"A lot of the neighbours have since told me they heard it too.
"I didn't report the incident to the police but from now on I will be doing so, so that a log can be kept."
Students usually move in for about two years before departing and making way for a new group.
Another neighbour, who also wishes to remain anonymous, was also woken up in the early hours of Tuesday and he was shocked by what he saw.
He said: "I woke up when I heard swearing and homophobic abuse being shouted from the back garden in a drunken way.
"They were also throwing bottles and cans around. It happened two weeks ago too.
"The police have been great in the past with dealing with it to be honest with you.
"You can't have neighbours waking you up at 3am and 4am most nights – it's just not on."
He said he also had not yet contacted the police.
Representatives from the University of Gloucestershire have met with residents in a bid to iron out any problems – although they aren't 100 per cent sure the students in question are theirs.
Stewart Dove, director of student support at the university, said: "A gentleman has been in contact with the university and we are in contact with him to further discuss and investigate the concerns that he has reported.
"Currently we do not have any registered student accommodation in the Weston Road area, so it is a possibility that those causing difficulty for the community are not University of Gloucestershire students."
Meanwhile, help is at hand for those experiencing antisocial behaviour in the form of Project Solace.
It is a multi-agency team consisting of two officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary and an antisocial behaviour officer from Gloucester City Council, whose sole purpose is to tackle such problems.
The team is managed under the expertise of Gloucester City Homes's antisocial behaviour team.
They offer advice and support to victims of antisocial behaviour, while advising people clearly on what action can be taken.
To find out more, people can call 0800 408 2000 (freephone), 01452 530 626, or email asb.referrals@ gloscityhomes.co.uk