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Parish council discuss potential action over 'bad behaviour' at West Norfolk lake




Parish councillors have raised concerns over "bad behaviour" in West Norfolk villages.

During a recent Leziate Parish Council meeting, the issue of anti-social-behaviour during the warm summer period at Bawsey, Ashwicken and Leziate was discussed.

Parish councillor Jon Large raised the question of people turning up every day leaving rubbish and barbecues, as well as lighting fires.

After two days of hot sunshine, lots of piles of rubbish was left on the sand at Bawsey Country Park earlier this summer. Picture: Ian Burt
After two days of hot sunshine, lots of piles of rubbish was left on the sand at Bawsey Country Park earlier this summer. Picture: Ian Burt

And borough councillor Colin Manning referred to Bawsey enforcement issues, and advised that it would take a lot of time, as well as requiring regular enforcement.

Mr Manning said this could prove very difficult to implement.

However, PC Lee Anderton, local community engagement officer, told the meeting that police only received one call regarding anti-social-behaviour from August 1.

Mr Anderton said: "This will be down to the weather and hopefully the measures Mr Williamson put in place with the muck spreading.

"I have also notice a drop off in emails from residents so I am again hoping this is a sign of better things to come."

But parish council chairman Andy Parker advised that, although the police presence had increased, overall, it was disappointing that so much bad behaviour had happened during the summer months.

Councillor Jon Large believed an illegal raveshould have been mentioned in the police report to the council.

He added that seasonal parking restrictions should be explored in order to prevent the problems seen earlier this year.

Officers discovered around 70 people on land near Bawsey Pits in what they described as the "early stages" of a rave in the early hours of Sunday, August 23.

Police were alerted shortly after 1am after a member of the public reported a suspected gathering in the Ashwicken area.

Leziate Parish Council discussed starting a media campaign in response.

And councillor Graham Mathias suggested holding meetings to discuss criminal and civil issues with the owner of the lake.

Clerk Caroline Boyden said an email has been sent requesting a meeting with the chief constable and crime commissioner.



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