Police stepping up presence in village

Cowbit residents are growing increasingly concerned about youths meeting up outside St Mary's Church and the village primary school on Barrier Bank.
Cowbit residents are growing increasingly concerned about youths meeting up outside St Mary's Church and the village primary school on Barrier Bank.
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Complaints about rowdy youths causing a nuisance to residents in Cowbit have led police to promise an increase of patrols in the village.

Several people claimed that anti-social behaviour is rising in Cowbit, particularly outside St Mary’s Church and the village primary school on Barrier Bank where residents say youths are meeting in cars and playing loud music from mid-afternoon until late evening.

The complaints were aired at a meeting of Spalding East Rural Community Policing Panel in Moulton Chapel on Monday when Cowbit residents were able to share their concerns with police.

A Cowbit woman, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s been going on for several weeks and it’s very annoying for everybody who lives along Barrier Bank, especially when the youths get in their cars and drive up and down the road.

“I don’t know whether they are local or not but they are very, very noisy and it goes on from the afternoon until quite late into the night.

“They have the car lights on, block the road and leave a lot of litter behind the church wall.

“My husband has reported it to the police and I hope they’re able to do something because they have ample time to come down when the youths are here as they’re on Barrier Bank for so long.”

Complaints have also come from Cowbit Parish Council whose spokesman said: “A group of youths congregate outside the church and do as youths do, playing loud music, and there can be quite a few at a time.

“They’ve been doing it for between three weeks and a month, but the problem has gradually snowballed and some of the residents are concerned about it.

“There have been several complaints about cars blocking the lay-by outside the church and the council has reported them to the police.”

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “We are putting police patrols in place to tackle the problem of vehicles and anti-social behaviour outside Cowbit church.”