Police have stepped up patrols at a Nottingham park after parents expressed a reluctance to let their kids visit due to anti social behaviour. People living near the park off Birchover Road in Bilborough say they regularly see teenagers drinking alcohol in the evenings and leaving litter on the play area, which people are being forced to clean up in the morning.
One parent, Martin Landowski, who lives just around the corner from the park, said he is hesitant to let his children play as a result of the behaviour. "It's drinking alcohol, causing a mess. Every time I get back from a night shift and walk the dog usually there's a mess," the 38-year-old told Nottinghamshire Live.
"Things like fast food and bottles of alcohol. I've got two kids, 12 and eight, but I can't let them out. I will not let them out on their own."
Another parent said it was "ridiculous". The mum-of-four, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "A lot of people have had enough, this has been happening for three or four years. People smoke cannabis on the park and they know they can get away with it."
Sergeant Darran Owen, of the City West neighbourhood policing team, said Nottinghamshire Police were now conducting more patrols in the area and encouraged residents to report the behaviour to the police.
“We are aware of some ongoing issues with antisocial in the park and would like to thank all the people who have brought this to our attention," he said. "We understand that anti-social behaviour can have a significant impact on people’s quality of life and on their enjoyment of open spaces.
“We are now conducting additional patrols in the area and would like to remind people who witness these kind of behaviours to call and let us know about it on 101. We will then look to take action in response.”