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Wednesday, 5 August 2020 - 8:37am

Drinking, drug use and nuisance at Lady Bay Skate Park – police say they’ll ‘arrest and prosecute’

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Nottinghamshire Police have received a number of reports of young people gathering on the Hook skate park and the surrounding parks in the West Bridgford area during the late evening and into the early hours of the morning.

The reports include young people drinking, smoking drugs and taking nitrous oxide which is evidenced by the litter being left on the park, which has to be cleaning and removed before children can access the facility the next day.

In addtion there is a lot of noise, screaming and shouting coming from the park late at night which is disturding local residents.

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Officers from the West Bridgford have been patrolling Lady Bay at night and will continue to do over this weekend. If those responsible fail to respond to the warnings police will use enforcement powers.

Rushcliffe Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Berry warns formal action will be taken and Dispersal notice will be implemented.

Inspector Berry said “We will be approaching anyone who is on the park in the evening and overnight and if there is evidence of anti-social behaviour we will identify those involved and they will be held to account.

“Restricting peoples’ free movement is quite a significant decision therefore there is no Dispersal authority in place at this time but if the poor behaviour continues we will introduce this measure for future weekends and busy times.”

“In recent days officers have seen a repeat of anti-social behaviour that was seen on 10-acre field at Adbolton lane, and so further patrols will continue here.

“To the parents of young people in and around the Lady Bay area, please make sure that your children are aware of this issue and the advice provided.

“We are asking that parents support this by talking to their teenagers as this is hugely impacting on local residents who cannot sleep at night as a result.

“As a community Lady Bay residents and Councillors have made it clear that drinking and taking drugs on the Skate Park and in the green open spaces will not be tolerated.

“Local police will support and young people risk formal action including arrest and prosecution if they are not respectful of their neighbours.”

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