Gwynne Street residents claim they are plagued by vandals

Ledbury Reporter: Disgruntled Gwynne Street residents up in arms over the lack of respect the public pay to the street at night and early hours. Photo by David Griffiths.   (2797409) Disgruntled Gwynne Street residents up in arms over the lack of respect the public pay to the street at night and early hours. Photo by David Griffiths. (2797409)

IT might be a pretty little area known to tourists as the birthplace of Nell Gwynn but for local residents, there is a much darker side to living in the shadows of Hereford Cathedral.

Those living in Gwynne Street claim their home is plagued by vandals intent on damaging property, littering and dog fouling.

A group of neighbours, who add that hoards of youngsters can often be heard shouting and swearing, are now calling for cameras to be installed and for regular police patrols in the street.

Lea Larsen, who has lived in Gwynne Street for four years, said: “Obviously I’m realistic and I don’t believe it’s going to stop things completely but certainly it would go towards deterring offenders.

"Gwynne Street is a thorough fare between town and the Old Bridge and, because there are no cameras or police presence in the street or immediate area, it is being abused by criminals and trouble makers."

And Lea, who was speaking on behalf of his neighbours, said the behaviour is “just as bad” during the week as the weekend.

The latest incident - one of several recorded each week - saw a group of youngsters kick a traffic cone over a neighbours' wall, smashing a very large terracotta plant pot.

That came not long after one woman was punched when she asked a group to stop throwing bottles in the street.

A petition has been set up and Lea said residents are considering setting up a neighbourhood watch scheme.

Sarah Buxton, a spokesman for West Mercia Police, said police are aware of concerns from residents about a range of issues in Gwynne Street.

"However, we have received fewer than ten reports of either ASB or crime from the location in the last eight months," she said.

"Members of the city's Safer Neighbourhood Team will be carrying out face to face surveys with the residents over the coming days.

"CCTV monitor the area and report issues as and when they occur. It is important to note that the level of street drinking in the area has greatly reduced and since the redevelopment of the Cathedral grounds, the opportunity to do this in the vicinity has largely been removed.

"However, we would encourage residents in the area to report issues when they occur so that we can take appropriate action where necessary."

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8:44am Fri 6 Dec 13

gedina says...

This area has always be known as an unsafe area to pass through at night.
It has become worse since the ill-fated Left Bank complex was built as, for some reason, 'undesirable elements' tend to frequent the many dark nooks and crannies in that area (much as they do ariound the Cathederal).
Of course the police are aware of this, and have been for some time, so I am surprised that their spokesperson states otherwise.
There certainly ARE drinkers who hang arount in that area, and many minor crimes and assaults go unreported.
Shouting abuse at passers-by is nearly always unreported, yet this in itself is a crime, which these louts do on a regular basis...
The new flats have security gates which derer offences being committed near there.
However, pedestrians who choose to use Gwynne Street have no protection whatsoever from whatevever and whoever is lurking in those many dark nooks and crannies.
I use it on a egular basis and often hear muted coughs, sniffles and other noises from these depths, so yes, this area certainly needs some attention paying to it before someone is seriously injured, especially now that Hereford Times has stated for all to see that there are no cctv's in that area.
This area has always be known as an unsafe area to pass through at night. It has become worse since the ill-fated Left Bank complex was built as, for some reason, 'undesirable elements' tend to frequent the many dark nooks and crannies in that area (much as they do ariound the Cathederal). Of course the police are aware of this, and have been for some time, so I am surprised that their spokesperson states otherwise. There certainly ARE drinkers who hang arount in that area, and many minor crimes and assaults go unreported. Shouting abuse at passers-by is nearly always unreported, yet this in itself is a crime, which these louts do on a regular basis... The new flats have security gates which derer offences being committed near there. However, pedestrians who choose to use Gwynne Street have no protection whatsoever from whatevever and whoever is lurking in those many dark nooks and crannies. I use it on a egular basis and often hear muted coughs, sniffles and other noises from these depths, so yes, this area certainly needs some attention paying to it before someone is seriously injured, especially now that Hereford Times has stated for all to see that there are no cctv's in that area. gedina

10:28am Fri 6 Dec 13

silentbull2 says...

Where I live we have problems with vandals, unsociable behaviour and even trespass!!
This problem though is no where near as bad as it was all because I complained over and over again!!
'Sadly' nowadays the local 'Bobby' is extinct and everything they plan things on is what's written/printed on paper
So when you phone up and complain its put on one of these pieces of paper and that's how they judge where the patrols are put
Sadly nowadays there isn't many police officers about and the community officers can only work till 10pm so that's why you need to get noticed
So complain complain COMPLAIN! !!!! (sadly, it's the only way)
And it might take a while but it's worth it
I know by experience
Where I live we have problems with vandals, unsociable behaviour and even trespass!! This problem though is no where near as bad as it was all because I complained over and over again!! 'Sadly' nowadays the local 'Bobby' is extinct and everything they plan things on is what's written/printed on paper So when you phone up and complain its put on one of these pieces of paper and that's how they judge where the patrols are put Sadly nowadays there isn't many police officers about and the community officers can only work till 10pm so that's why you need to get noticed So complain complain COMPLAIN! !!!! (sadly, it's the only way) And it might take a while but it's worth it I know by experience silentbull2

10:45am Fri 6 Dec 13

silentbull2 says...

I must add that we asked for help off the local council we even went to the 'pact' meetings and also to be direct meeting with local councillors......NOT
HING!!!!!
We had more help off the police who 'to there credit' went further than they shouldve done.
And we are in an area where close by there's two (yes TWO) CCTV's ??
The only advice we had was "put your own cameras up"
I must add that we asked for help off the local council we even went to the 'pact' meetings and also to be direct meeting with local councillors......NOT HING!!!!! We had more help off the police who 'to there credit' went further than they shouldve done. And we are in an area where close by there's two (yes TWO) CCTV's ?? The only advice we had was "put your own cameras up" silentbull2

1:58pm Fri 6 Dec 13

gedina says...

The problem lies in the fact that, even when these louts are brought to justice, they receive no more than a slap on the wrist.
What they need is a stiff sentance that will deter them and others from soiling our socierty in this way.

I work within the legal profession and see, time after time, the lack of respect from these people.
They care little for society and its rules.
Instead we get a mouthful of abuse off them and wide grins when they 'discuss' their likely sentance with friends- they know the limitations of the law and exploit it to its fullest.
Bring back conscription, I say and let them learn discipline for a few years.
The problem lies in the fact that, even when these louts are brought to justice, they receive no more than a slap on the wrist. What they need is a stiff sentance that will deter them and others from soiling our socierty in this way. I work within the legal profession and see, time after time, the lack of respect from these people. They care little for society and its rules. Instead we get a mouthful of abuse off them and wide grins when they 'discuss' their likely sentance with friends- they know the limitations of the law and exploit it to its fullest. Bring back conscription, I say and let them learn discipline for a few years. gedina

8:36pm Fri 6 Dec 13

fmrbill says...

well hopefully west mercia will start to relaise from this, that people cant be bothered to report 1/2 of what goes on, on our streets, and its time they stop relying on computor stats, to tell them what they do, as their stats are wrong. Get out their offices, walked the streets in the dark after 10pm, speak to people in a polite manner, and they might be sursprised what they learnt. I still dont know the name of my CSO or if I have one or 2 covering this area, as I never seen them, let alone one talk to me.
well hopefully west mercia will start to relaise from this, that people cant be bothered to report 1/2 of what goes on, on our streets, and its time they stop relying on computor stats, to tell them what they do, as their stats are wrong. Get out their offices, walked the streets in the dark after 10pm, speak to people in a polite manner, and they might be sursprised what they learnt. I still dont know the name of my CSO or if I have one or 2 covering this area, as I never seen them, let alone one talk to me. fmrbill

6:34am Sun 8 Dec 13

JohnBoym458 says...

As stated in the above posts, a police presence is a well proven deterrent to criminals, even if they are so tied up by health & safety criteria and of course, the PC brigade...........Bo
bby's on the beat....bring them back....If they can get out of the car or office!!!!!!!!!!
As stated in the above posts, a police presence is a well proven deterrent to criminals, even if they are so tied up by health & safety criteria and of course, the PC brigade...........Bo bby's on the beat....bring them back....If they can get out of the car or office!!!!!!!!!! JohnBoym458

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