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Council installs cameras to combat anti-social boy racers

Boy racers beware, Forest of Dean District Council has taken steps to stop anti-social behaviour from taking place in a car park near you.

Following reports from residents that people were meeting at Newerne Street car park in Lydney and performing doughnut spins and power slides in their vehicles, the council have decided to act.

They have invested nearly £3,703 in four new CCTV cameras which were installed and activated on Valentine's Day.

Councillor Paul Hiett, Forest of Dean Council cabinet member for communities and parish and town councils said the action was taken after reports from Lydney residents.

"I was concerned when local people got in touch to tell us about anti-social behaviour taking place at the Newerne Street car park," he said.

"Working with Lydney Town Council and the police we looked at what was happening and what could be done.

"That's why we've invested in four brand new CCTV cameras which are now recording right across the site, and hopefully deterring any future disruption."

Councillor Alan Preest, Planning and Highways Committee Chairman at Lydney Town Council, said that he hoped the cameras would help Gloucestershire Police resolve the problem.

He said: "The anti-social behaviour in Newerne Street car-park has been impacting on local residents' quality of life for far too long.

"I'm delighted that Forest of Dean District Council has at last taken steps to monitor what is predominantly 'out of hours" activity on their property.

"I would hope that this will enable the Police to act appropriately and swiftly when the need arises."

Gloucestershire Police confirmed that they had carried out patrols and operations in the area and had issued warning notices to identified offenders.

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Constabulary added: "We have worked with Forest of Dean District Council, Lydney Town Council and local residents to find solutions for these issues."

"We welcome this initiative of Forest of Dean District council in installing CCTV cameras to deter any further offending."

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