Residents furious over spate of anti-social behaviour
A LOCAL beauty spot, popular with Cheadle dog walkers and residents, is quickly becoming a dumping ground for litter and burnt debris.
Cheadle Park, located at the back of the town and accessed via a steep and narrow footpath off Monkhouse, has become popular with groups of young people looking for somewhere to congregate.
According to residents and police, the park has become the target of recreational fires and anti-social behaviour and has been labelled a mess owing to litter being left behind by youngsters.
Residents living close to the park have reported seeing individuals throwing litter over garden walls and house boundaries nearby.
A resident of Prince George Street who asked not to be named, told the Times and Echo this week: “I’ve seen the same group of kids walking past a few times, making noise and throwing litter over my back wall.
“I don’t mind them going to the park and spending time up there, but take a bin bag, clean up after yourselves.
“I walk my dogs up there most weeks, but the last few times, it’s been a complete mess.
“I think the council should consider putting bins up there, or close to the entrance of the park off Monkhouse.”
Cheadle Park isn’t the first beauty spot to be subject to recreational fires and litter.
The redundant railway line connecting Cheadle to Tean, now used as a footpath, also became a target with a number of incidents reported in the last year.
This has lead to a new campaign formed by local residents, to change the current disused and overgrown land into a safe cycle/bridleway for dog walkers and horse riders to use.
Commenting on the recent spate of anti-social behaviour at Cheadle Park, PCSO Mark Bridgewood said: “We have received several reports from people concerned about anti-social behaviour in this area.
“There has been a definite increase in the last month and we will be increasing patrols to the site in a bid to tackle the problem.”
If you have concerns about anti-social behaviour in your area please report it to Staffordshire Police using the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency call 999.
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