Youth groups driven away by gang disorder

Guide leader Ann Tilbury (front row, fourth left) with youngsters from 1st Spalding Guides.
Guide leader Ann Tilbury (front row, fourth left) with youngsters from 1st Spalding Guides.
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Guides, Brownies and Rainbows are being forced out of their Spalding base because of youths causing trouble outside their meetings, it has been claimed.

The 1st Spalding Guides, Brownies and Rainbows, are looking for somewhere else to meet after a spell of disorder in recent weeks caused by youths outside St Nicolas Church Hall in The Vista.

Group leaders have decided to act after claims that some of the youths had run in front of cars, climbed onto the church hall roof and tampered with cars parked outside the hall.

Guide leader Ann Tilbury said: “We’ve had youths on the steps outside the hall for a long time, drinking, throwing rubbish around and getting into the hall during our meetings.

“We had to lock the doors to keep them out but then they were running on the roof, making silly faces at the windows and one time, they smashed a window and we were worried about glass not being cleared up.

“The parents aren’t happy because at this time of year. the girls could come to meetings on their own but they can’t now because they feel intimidated.

“We’re looking for somewhere new tomeet and we’ve talked about it to different people.”

Spalding community policing inspector Jim Tyner said: “My daughter was a Brownie and Guide at St Nicolas Church Hall so I am devastated to learn that these groups are considering to move elsewhere. This decision shows the devastating effect that anti-social behaviour can have on a community.

“As much as I commit patrols to the area, this only has a limited impact but we continue to work with the council to tackle antisocial behaviour and criminal damage. I am determined to consider all powers and options to tackle this issue.”

Anyone with information should call 101.