Trouble flares at bus shelter

RESIDENTS in Mead Vale have pleaded with Weston Town Council to remove a bus stop which they say is a magnet for troublemakers. Tracey Widlake and Penny Johnston told councillors at an amenities committee meeting on Monday about the noise and vandalism

RESIDENTS in Mead Vale have pleaded with Weston Town Council to remove a bus stop which they say is a magnet for troublemakers.

Tracey Widlake and Penny Johnston told councillors at an amenities committee meeting on Monday about the noise and vandalism caused by youths who frequent a bus stop near where they live in Swan Close.

Ms Widlake said: "Our fence has been set alight and yobs cause a terrible racket by hitting the bus stop's panels. Cars have also been damaged by people throwing stones."

Town councillor Chris Howell, also a North Somerset ward councillor for the area, has already contacted police community support officers (PCSOs) who cover the beat to ask them about the possibility of deploying mobile CCTV cameras near the bus stop.


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He said: "Antisocial behaviour is occurring in that area and needs to be dealt with quickly. I am working with the police and my fellow ward councillors Ed Keating and Gully Hayer to eradicate this problem."

PCSO Matthew Channon, who covers the Mead Vale beat, said in an email to Cllr Howell : "The shelter has clearly been a place for youths to congregate and has in turn become the subject of vandalism."

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Councillors unanimously agreed to write to North Somerset district commander Kay Wozniak about the use of mobile CCTV patrols in the area to reassure residents.

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