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High-pitched 'mosquito' set to deter antisocial yobs in Barton

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

  • KEEPING ORDER: Project Solace officer Rachel Stafford and PC Rob Bolland at Napier Street Park.

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PROBLEM youths are to be kept away from Barton using a mosquito device.

Police and anti-social behaviour (ASB) officers want to install it near Napier Street Park in a bid to tackle "nightmare" problems for residents.

For the past three years, they have bombarded the council with complaints about people gathering in the play area there, drinking alcohol, playing loud music and making noise through the night.

A resident of Raclan Street, who did not want to be named, said: "I haven't seen one of these in action but it does seem a bit optimistic.

"We'll just have to wait and see. We still have problems with young people hanging around."

According to police.uk, about 70 incidents of antisocial behaviour were reported in the Napier Street area in 2012.

A dispersal order is already in place and Project Solace, a partnership between Gloucester City Homes, police and Gloucester City Council's Community Safety Partnership, has now suggested the mosquito as another temporary solution.

It will face the park and emit an annoying high pitched-noise which is mostly only audible to under-25s.

Rachel Stafford, anti-social behaviour officer for Project Solace said: "Police have tried a range of different things, but it is still a problem. We hope a mosquito might give residents some respite.

"We want to try and nip it in the bud before summer comes again because when the weather gets better things will only get worse."

Residents have been consulted and agreed on the idea.

It now needs the nod from Project Solace bosses.

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  • GlosPolice  |  February 06 2013, 11:50AM

    We understand some of the concerns that have been expressed in response to this article, about where the youths who frequent the park are going to go if they have to leave. Please be assured that the mosquito device should only activate during hours of darkness, when the park is unlikely to be used legitimately by local children. In addition, we are currently working very hard to set up a new project designed specifically to attract the young people who frequent the park, and are hoping that this will be able to start in the next few weeks. We will aim to release further details once this project is up and running. However, if you do live in the area and find that the problem is simply displaced, then please make sure you get in touch and tell us so that we can respond as best we can. We are certainly not trying to punish the young people in anyway, but rather trying to improve the quality of life for local residents whilst also ensuring that the young people are catered for. You can follow us on twitter @BartonSt_Police to receive any updates or to make us aware of any displacement issues. PS Tim Wood - Barton Street Police Station.

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  • Ms_Superstar  |  February 06 2013, 8:53AM

    We should not forget that these youngsters are also victims, not only of a culture that has abandoned them to their fate but also cynical corporates such as InBev, Diageo and the big supermarkets. Help them find somewhere appropriate to gather, offer them useful activities (nothing wrong with listening to loud music, in the right place). How about helping them find an old car or something to do-up. Or an abandoned building to use as a meeting place. I guess the cotton wool, compensation culture puts the kybosh on any of that. But let's let them be kids, not punish them for it.

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  • sticks_stones  |  February 05 2013, 11:22PM

    I hope they don't get the "nod" because they'll end up elsewhere, you can keep YOUR scum, we already have our share thanks!

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  • MrGarnet  |  February 05 2013, 9:37PM

    Ms_Superstar Difference is of course the police in Eastern Europe move in in a no nonsense fashion and miscreants are dealt with swiftly and in very uncomfortable accommodation. Not rocket science really but what do you expect from the excuse of political elite we have?

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  • Nogman  |  February 05 2013, 1:42PM

    It'll just make them angry. Surely it's better to keep them in one place where the police can keep an eye on them? Betting the people who are happy paying less than £4 for a bottle of supermarket wine are the same ones who complain about the youth of today enjoying their 2-for-1 crates of Stella and bottles of Lambrini. What price cheap alcohol? But it's not just about booze. It's litter, graffiti, pavement cycling and myriad other offences that the authorities turn a blind eye to. Where's the Big Society?

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  • Ms_Superstar  |  February 05 2013, 11:54AM

    Chatadmin, ironic that when I visited Eastern Europe (Szombathely in Hungary) what I saw would put this country to shame. No litter, graffiti or public drunkenness. Literally none. As a society we have come to accept antisocial behaviour as inevitable. Our authorities are no help in appearing to condone this. Churchdown, for example, is to have a new supermarket, like it or not. What's the betting it will be granted an off-licence? Just like the new Sainsburys in the worst possible part of Cheltenham High Street for a supplier of cheap booze. Seems the Licensing Act makes it impossible to refuse an off-licence, even on grounds of public safety. Or there's a hidden agenda somewhere. We need to raise our game. Forget instant gratification - we'll pay a heavier price in the long run

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  • Ysedra  |  February 05 2013, 11:00AM

    If 'community leaders' really engaged with their communities, alternatives to this kind of behaviour could be found.

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  • chatadmin  |  February 05 2013, 9:26AM

    All down to the Eastern Europmean Minority unfortunately ever since we have seen a large influx of them been nothing but trouble and it doesnt help by having a booze store there either

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  • lordigaga  |  February 05 2013, 8:55AM

    police doing nothing, when i were a lad copper Gribble would have batted us around the head and that would have been that

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