King’s Lynn resident’s plea for action on disturbances

Diana Hunter is angry with youths harassing the residents of Old Hospital Mews.
Diana Hunter is angry with youths harassing the residents of Old Hospital Mews.

A resident says she fears another year of misery unless the authorities take action against the youths who she says are blighting her and her neighbours’ lives.

Diana Hunter claims youngsters regularly cause a disturbance to residents living in Lynn’s Old Hospital Mews by being noisy and banging footballs against their walls and accused officials of not acting on residents’ concerns.

However, police chiefs and borough council officials insist they have tackled the issue and will go on monitoring reports in the area.

Mrs Hunter, 72, who spoke out following a similar incident in the area on Monday, said the problem had been a regular occurrence during the lengthy spell of fine weather last summer.

And she is worried of more problems being caused for householders in the area, which is close to The Walks, this year if nothing is done.

She said: “It’s been reported to the police and they have done nothing. The council have done nothing.”

Mrs Hunter said groups of up to 10 youngsters were regularly involved in creating the noise, which she claimed had also frightened her pet dogs. She estimates those responsible are aged between eight and 15.

When asked whether she or any of her neighbours had tried to talk to the youngsters involved in the problem, she said: “You don’t talk to the children. It’s a waste of time.”

However, a West Norfolk Council spokeswoman yesterday said their officers had worked alongside the police to examine the issues raised and had offered support and advice to Mrs Hunter.

She said: “All allegations of anti-social behaviour are investigated and, if appropriate, further action is taken.

“At present no further action is to be taken, but we will continue to monitor the case.”

Insp Paul Gerrard, of Norfolk Police’s operational partnerships team, added: “We have worked alongside the Borough Council, partner agencies and local residents to investigate and tackle reports of anti-social behaviour in this area.

“We will continue to investigate further reports if they arise.”