Crewkerne Town Council is advising residents who witness acts of anti-social behaviour in parks, to report the incidents to authorities. The local police team have recently stepped up patrols at the Happy Valley skate-park and playground, following several incidents which have raised serious concerns. In the latest reported incident, pieces of broken glass have been left on the skateboard and cycling ramps.
Other reported incidents at the council owned park, include verbal abuse, which has been described by parents of very young children, as being “appalling, intimidating and a type of language that is both unnecessary and offensive.”
Problems at Happy Valley have been escalating since the lockdown restrictions were eased. The town council are engaging with several agencies, including ALS, who have been working with the local youth in outreach programmes and the Crewkerne Beat Team, whose PCSOs are patrolling community areas and parks in the town. Anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour is asked to contact the police on 101. In a case of emergency, where a police presence is urgently required, the number is 999. Crewkerne Town Council are continuing to monitor the situation at Happy Valley and are also addressing footpath issues in the area, caused by badgers, with the footpath officer, local residents and environmental agencies.