TROUBLESOME youths hoping for a quick getaway have been foiled with the installation of a ‘kissing gate’ on a public footpath.
Monkspath residents complained about teenagers gathering in a nearby wooded area drinking alcohol, throwing objects at houses and stealing property ‘for sale’ signs.
The path allowed the youths a quick escape but a kissing gate, which only allows walkers through one at a time, has now been installed and proved an effective deterrent.
Resident Trevor Stokes, said: “The youngsters knew if they caused trouble they could swiftly disappear off into the woodland.
“Thanks to the new gate, though, they can’t make a quick exit - especially if they’re on bikes as they take more time to manoeuvre through the gate - and that alone has seen the anti-social behaviour eliminated almost over night.”
Blythe Neighbourhood Police Constable Lorraine Jones, said: “It’s a very simple, but very effective, deterrent and I’m delighted we’ve been able to relieve the problems that were causing a headache for many local residents.”
Solihull Council funded the kissing gate installation.