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Boston Spa woman calls for action on anti-social behaviour

Ailsa and Claire Skatepark deepdale estate Boston Spa

6:56am 15th November 2017
(Updated 7:03am 15th November 2017)

A disabled woman from Boston Spa is calling for the out of control behaviour of youths in the area to be stopped.

Claire Wiggins, who is disabled, has lived in a bungalow in Boston Spa for the past 14 years.

She says there has been recent rise in anti-social behaviour in the Deepdale estate area.

Local kids have been hanging around the park that Claire's bungalow backs onto.

claire boston spa back garden

She says on numerous occasions now, when passing by the park, she has been called a 'cripple' and received a number of threats whilst being followed down the path.

Claire told us she gets phone calls from her elderly neighbour in tears.

She often has to visit her home to reassure her.

It's after her neighbour experienced stones being thrown at her house.

Claire understands not all teenagers act like this, and that one of the reasons they've started to hang around the park is due to not having anywhere else to go.

But she feels enough is enough.

Claire regularly sees smaller kids being bullied, and it's been reported that needles have even been found in the children's sand pit located in the park.

Not only this, she says it is spoiling the area she once loved living in.

Litter is left, graffiti sprayed on various buildings and structures in the area:

Claire also told us that on bonfire night, kids were lighting fireworks in the local field and letting the off.

Claire believes CCTV installation for the area could be one solution, or extra youth club sessions where they can visit instead.

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