#teensexting | #sexting | Residents living in fear on a Gloucester street plagued by anti-social behaviour


Residents of a Gloucester street say they face fear that leaves them unable to sleep with anti-social behaviour seemingly out of control.

Locals living on Wellington Street have told Gloucestershire Live of what they face, from strangers rummaging through bins to drunks entering flats.

Clare Hockley, who lives in a flat on the street with her two children, said: “It’s an absolute nightmare living here. You can’t sleep on this street.

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“We have people digging through our bins in the middle of the night and fly tipping. It just gets left there and we have to live with it.

“Drunk people who leave the bars and pubs around here knock on our windows keeping us up at night.

“We’ve even had drunk men sleeping on the stairways even though they don’t live here.”

Clare’s neighbour Karen, a 39 year old single mother of two, also noted the prevalence of anti-social behaviour on the road.

“I’ve witnessed cases of the front door of the building being left open and drunk people coming inside and making noise.

“I’ve also found needles and empty beer cans in the downstairs area.”

She also said that the rise in anti-social behaviour is making the area an increasingly difficult place to raise a young family – her son is soon to turn 12 and her daughter is nine.

“I’ve heard stories of kids getting attacked around here so I won’t even let mine go to the shops across the road.

“I used to let my son go to Gloucester Park with his friends but I don’t anymore.

“You want better for your kids but what can you do?”

A crime data map published by CrimeRate shows that there were 59 criminal offences on Wellington Street between September 2020 and August 2021.

Of the 59 reported cases, 26 were anti-social behaviour whilst 19 were violence and sexual offences.

Other offences during the period include criminal damage and arson, burglary and drugs.

Councillor Dawn Melvin (Westgate) said: “As a ward councillor my heart goes out to anyone, anywhere in the entire city who has experienced any of these things.

“We care very much about our residents and third parties causing physical or emotional harm to anyone is completely and utterly unacceptable.

“Our residents should know that they are and will always be our first priority and we are here to support them in anyway we can.”

Gloucestershire Constabulary were approached for comment but did not reply by time of release.

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