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Park problems success praise

POLICE have paid tribute to local residents for helping them tackle an anti-social behaviour problem in Willow Park, Balsall Common.

POLICE have paid tribute to local residents for helping them tackle an anti-social behaviour problem in Willow Park, Balsall Common.

Last month, the Solihull News reported that many residents were afraid to use the park, which had become a favourite haunt of teenage troublemakers.

There had been incidents of drug-taking, youths starting fires and making noise until the early hours of the morning.

Sergeant Tony Hanlon said that his officers had stepped-up patrols in the area and received a lot of help from the local community.

“There had been reports that youths were drinking in the park, smoking cannabis and being generally loud and rowdy,” he said.

“We’ve worked closely with local residents and set up a Neighbourhood Watch and that’s helped put a stop to it.”

A drugs-warrant had been issued nearby and while no illegal substances were found, information from local residents seems to have cracked the problem.

On Wednesday, police, parish councillors and Solihull Community Housing were due to hold a meeting at Balsall Common Village Hall.

They want to discuss long-term proposals, to make sure that the anti social behaviour doesn’t return.

“We’ve done our bit, but the fact that the local community has been so willing to help has been really positive,” said Sgt Hanlon.

Authorities are also keen for families to feel safe in the park - thousands was recently spent on revamping the play area.

 

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