After dark sex act at picnic spot

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Police are keeping an eye on trouble spots in Sutton Bridge, including a picnic area where an after dark sex act was reported.

Gates at the picnic area on East Bank are meant to be closed at night, but they are being left open – making the spot a magnet for boy racers and other troublemakers.

PCSO Toni Musico-Cardillo told Sutton Bridge Parish Council: “I know there’s been instances of boy racers down there, but nothing has been reported in to the police.

“A person who lives by one of the cattle grids heard these cars going up and down and went out himself and had a word with them.

“My concern is are they going in, doing doughnuts in the picnic area, and then coming straight out if the gates are open?”

She said the area is meant to be closed just before it gets dark.

“I know it’s being used for other things,” she said. “A sexual act on an evening in the picnic area was reported in to the police.”

The PCSO also highlighted her concerns about anti-social behaviour on a small square along Arnie Broughton Walk where people can “loiter” behind a mound of earth.

She said there’s also evidence of people urinating and defecating at that spot

“I have got concerns really for anti-social behaviour, more than anything else, especially as they are using it as a latrine,” she said.

The parish council has for some years being battling Japanese knotweed in the walk – a plant that’s aggressive, destructive and invasive – and cannot yet tackle the mound.

Parish council chairman John Grimwood said: “We are intending to try and redevelop it (Arnie Broughton Walk).

“Until the knotweed is removed, we can’t remove any soil from that area.”

• PCSO Musico-Cardillo asked parish councillors to spread the word about reporting suspicious behaviour on farmland to the police following incidents in Dawsmere, where somebody was seen out with a torch in the evenings.

She said farmers leave machinery like tractors out in the fields, but they should take care to remove items such as sat-navs, and also leave everything securely locked.

“We are also aware that there’s hare coursing,” she said. “If you see any suspicious behaviour, please ring 101.”