CCTV cameras going up at trouble-spot in Spinney Hill Park, Leicester
CCTV cameras are set to be installed at a park following complaints about rowdy youths.
People living near Spinney Hill Park, in Leicester, said they were encouraged by the action being taken to tackle the problems in the area.
The residents said teenagers who gathered at the park damaged cars and windows and were abusive.
Twenty incidents were reported to police over five weeks during July and August.
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Residents were so fed up with the rowdy behaviour they contacted Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth, who met them yesterday.
Mr Ashworth said he had been in touch with police and the city council several times this summer after hearing their concerns.
"As a result, the installation of CCTV cameras in Spinney Hill Park has recently been approved, and the city council's community safety team will now cover Spinney Hill Park," he said.
"Although it is hoped these developments will lead to a reduction in anti-social behaviour and criminal damage to properties in the area, as the MP, I was keen to meet the residents and see at first-hand the damage caused."
Suhel Patel, who lives in Park Vale Road, has had his car damaged by youths throwing stones.
He said: "We appreciate the opportunity to talk to the police and Mr Ashworth.
"However, the incidents are continuing and we think measures such as cutting back the bushes and installing more lights in the area would help.
"We hope that by inviting the MP and the police down, something will be done.
"I think the residents, many of whom are elderly, have been encouraged by the visit."
Pc Mark Bailey, safer neighbourhood officer for Spinney Hills ward, said: "We are well aware of the issues and have been liaising with the residents and will continue to work to combat what is happening.
"In five weeks, we received 20 reports of vandalism and anti-social behaviour which were recorded as late as 3am.
"However, in the past two weeks we have had no reports.
"We would ask residents to keep on reporting incidents to us, otherwise we may think the situation has been resolved."
Pc Bailey said beat officers were taking action, which included talking to parents of the young people involved.
He said: "Many of the parents had no idea that their children we involved in this anti-social behaviour."
People who witness anti-social behaviour are asked to call police on the non-emergency number 101.