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Shop door smashed after anti-social behaviour spike in South Wootton




Ongoing anti-social behaviour issues in South Wootton have intensified this week with reports of late night disruption and a store door being smashed.

A door window at the Tesco Express store on St Augustines Way has been boarded up after being damaged this week.

Meanwhile, residents have bemoaned shouting, swearing, litter and loud music being played late at night at Wootton Park.

Damage to the automatic main door at Tesco Express, St Augustines Way South Wootton. Pictures: Paul Marsh
Damage to the automatic main door at Tesco Express, St Augustines Way South Wootton. Pictures: Paul Marsh

Will Border, chairman of the Wootton Park Association, said groups of youths have been gathering in the park on a nightly basis with nitrous oxide canisters and bags of litter being picked up every morning.

He said: “People in the area are intimidated and do not want to go up to them as they will get a load of abuse.

“Everyone seems to say ‘they are not my kids’ and I feel like saying they must be someone’s kids. They are normally sitting at the skatepark and they are not exactly social distancing.

General view of Wootton Park where reports of anti-social behaviour and litter have been made this week
General view of Wootton Park where reports of anti-social behaviour and litter have been made this week

“As a parent do you really know what your kids are up to? And are you happy that they are still out and about at 11pm at night?”

The chairman said CCTV has been considered but it would not be feasible in his opinion due to data protection.

Posting on social media, Mark Stanford of Festival Too, said: “ I understand that they are probably bored but parents/guardians if you know they are yours, could you ask them to keep the noise down or get home at a reasonable time please. Some people are still at work and have to get up early.”

A spokeswoman for Norfolk Police said: “Officers will be patrolling the area to monitor the situation and take appropriate action where necessary. “

The Tesco shop window is believed to have been broken between 10pm on Friday, July 3 and 6am on Saturday, July 4.

No suspects have been identified, Norfolk Police have said.

South Wootton Parish Council clerk Tracey Cornwell said the council employs a litter warden who litter picks around the whole of the parish.

She said: "At present he is mainly concentrating on the village green area due to the large amounts of rubbish. He is attending at least three times a week and attends other areas also."

The council also employs a person to empty all the parish litter bins. During normal circumstances this is done once a week, but during this unprecedented period, he is emptying the bins twice a week.

The Parish Council has replaced the small litter bin near to the pond with a large bin with a flap top to accommodate more rubbish and to stop the litter blowing out in the wind.

They are also in the process of ordering another bin of this type to be situated near to the picnic table opposite the Swan Public House.


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