Antisocial ear blast from Mosquito alarm

A HIGH-PITCHED alarm which is irritating to young people could soon be used in the fight against antisocial behaviour in Cheddar. After

A HIGH-PITCHED alarm which is irritating to young people could soon be used in the fight against antisocial behaviour in Cheddar. After under-age drinkers became a nuisance at the Pavilion, parish councillors decided to look at a number of options to tackle the problem.Previous suggestions included a security guard, security lighting, cameras, external roller-shutters and a sticky paint that would stay wet and mark the clothes of people who touch it, to stop youths climbing on the roof of the sports ground near Church Street. But after councillor Dawn Hill and Cheddar parish clerk Liz Brimmel met with a community safety officer from Sedgemoor District Council, a mosquito system has now been suggested. The device sends out an irritating buzz that can only be heard by young people under 25. The system can be switched on at times when the youngsters are causing a nuisance. PC Ian Bartlett, of Cheddar police station, said: "We have found broken bottles lying around. The kids get drunk and cause damage to the buildings. If they are not hanging around the Pavilion they move on somewhere else."The sports clubs which use the ground, including Cheddar Junior Football Club, Cheddar Tennis Club and Cheddar Cricket Club, met with parish councillors in June to discuss the problem.The youngsters usually congregate at the Pavilion at night and weekends, but the trouble is now expected to get worse as the school summer holidays get underway.Cllr Hill said: "We're just trying to protect the Pavillion because we don't want anything bad to happen to the facility."Cheddar Parish Council has submitted an application for funding for the alarms to Sedgemoor Area Working Panel. The panel has a supply of funds from Somerset County Council to spend on community projects. Mosquito alarms are expected to cost around £600. Meanwhile the possibility of roller-shutters is still being explored. Councillor Mary Buxton will be searching for possibly suppliers and prices.


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