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Police target trouble spot to stop vandalism spree

Police are stepping up patrols in Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding, to stem a rising tide of vandalism and disorderly behaviour. ENGANL00120130507134931

Police are stepping up patrols in Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding, to stem a rising tide of vandalism and disorderly behaviour. ENGANL00120130507134931

Police patrols are being stepped in a part of Spalding to stem a rising tide of vandalism and rowdy behaviour.

A spate of incidents in Ayscoughfee Gardens, St Mary and St Nicolas Church, St Nicolas Church Hall and The Vista have led police to increase their visibility in the area.

Recent cases include a gang who damaged a bench in Ayscoughfee Gardens last Tuesday night and vandals who smashed windows at St Nicolas Hall, The Vista, last month.

Rev John Bennett, vicar of St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding, said: “The police come more frequently since last month’s incident as there is deep concern about the amount of anti-social behavior going on around here.

“The sort of problems we generally have around the church hall are with groups of youngsters who leave a lot of mess and lots of minor damage to the steps of the hall.

“Occasionally we’ve had broken windows and we do want the police to keep and eye on it.

“But in the end, the problems we have aren’t going to be solved by the police because they can’t be there all the time, so we have to think laterally and perhaps talk to these young people.”

David Jones of Spalding and District Civic Society said: “We’re all against the vandalism in Ayscoughfee Gardens and what’s needed is more vigilance and more patrols in the area by the police at convenient times.”

Spalding’s community policing inspector Jim Tyner said: “Our officers are tasked to deal with anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in the Ayscoughfee Gardens and The Vista areas.”

 

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