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Noisy youths prompt call for crackdown by Glastonbury police

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: November 10, 2012

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Residents of Magdalene Street in Glastonbury are calling for a police crackdown on anti-social behaviour after another night of “rabble rousers.”

They spoke of bad behaviour, fights and noise taking place in the street near their home until the early hours of the morning.

In recent weeks, residents of Magdalene Street have also written to this paper detailing just some of the bad behaviour they have had to deal with, including noise, abuse and people urinating up against the walls of their homes.

One resident, who asked not to be named said: “We have endured night after night of rabble, fights and noise up to 3am.

“I just despair as to the total disregard for the residents living in the hotspots of Glastonbury.”

The resident says they have footage of anti-social which took place in the street over the weekend, and spoke of a fight that broke out in the middle of the road.

They also said they called the police on 101, but that no-one attended the scene, and are calling for a more visible police presence in the town during the early hours of the morning, particularly at weekends.

“We have raised the need for less policing in the week and a police presence from 11pm to 3am. Friday and Saturday nights on countless occasions,” the resident said. “At this point, now we can only hope and pray the new to-be-elected police commissioner will help us.”

A police spokesman said they had received calls about a large group of noisy youths in the Northload Street and Magdalene Street area of Glastonbury.

“They were not causing any problems apart from noise,” he said.

At least one of the people who had complained about the behaviour said they did not want to talk to the police, just for the police to attend and move the group on.

“Police calls will be prioritised with threats to life the highest priority,” the spokesman said.

“We do take anti social behaviour seriously and will endeavour to attend, but if we are unable to attend immediately we will always contact the complainant and arrange to visit when it is convenient.

“High visibility reassurance patrols are mounted across of the force area.”

Anti-social behaviour can be reported to police on 101.

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