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Drunks are ‘ruining children’s play area’

Fury: Residents are raging at the drunken behaviour on Coronation Recreation Ground. Below, Coun Bev Murray

Fury: Residents are raging at the drunken behaviour on Coronation Recreation Ground. Below, Coun Bev Murray

A grandmother has slammed down-and-outs for ruining a children’s play area.

Drunks are gathering on Coronation Recreation Ground, on Devonshire Road, Chorley, and have been accused of causing unrest to park users.

The grandmother, who did not wish to be named, also said that smashed glass had been found on the play area, while some of the group started to fight between themselves.

She said: “I wouldn’t mind if this happened away from the play area but it is directly near it. When they kicked off with each other I saw parents looking concerned; if they were quiet I really wouldn’t mind but they aren’t.”

Wayne Hodkinson, a resident in the area, added: “I have a five-year-old daughter and the language I hear is atrocious. Many a time I have told them to go away or get thrown away, kids shouldn’t be subject to these drunks.”

Chorley Police and Chorley Council have both been notified of the situation.

Coun Bev Murray, who oversees parks and recreation areas at Chorley Council, said: “We are aware of an issue with people drinking alcohol in Coronation Recreation Ground and have reported the matter to the police.

“The council has limited powers to tackle this issue but we are keen to work with the police to find a solution. If anyone sees these people, I would urge them to also report it to the police as soon as possible.”

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “On Sunday afternoon, police received a report of a small group of people drinking close to the children’s play area on Devonshire Road Rec.

“Officers attended and spoke with the group in question before they moved on.

“If anybody has any concerns about anti-social behaviour in their area they are encouraged to raise these with their local Neighbourhood Policing Team. Details can be found on the force website as well as our social media sites, or residents can always ring 101.”

 

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