Yobs make area no-go zone

by Alex Wellman Drunken yobs engaging in night-time fist-fights are causing havoc to businesses and residents, it has been claimed. Shoppers, pedestrians and business owners in Cricklewood Lane, Cricklewood, say drunks and drug takers con

by Alex Wellman

Drunken yobs engaging in night-time fist-fights are causing havoc to businesses and residents, it has been claimed.

Shoppers, pedestrians and business owners in Cricklewood Lane, Cricklewood, say drunks and drug takers congregate on a small patch of grass outside B&Q superstore.

They claim the area has become a no-go zone with frequent punch-ups and anti-social behaviour forcing people away.


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Jack Sayers, a resident of Cricklewood, said: "The patch of grass is a haven for drug takers and alcoholics.

"I go to cafes which have people coming in, in the morning swearing and drunk and the abuse is outrageous.

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"It's a difficult situation but then again if the police patrolled more often it may not be so bad."

A shop owner who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals said: "It can be terrible as there are broken bottles on the ground and you have to be careful if you are on your own at night."

Cllr Jack Cohen, Childs Hill ward, confirmed he often received complaints about alcohol related disorder and in particular around the grassed area outside B&Q.

Cllr Cohen said: "I am calling for police patrols to be stepped. The police should adopt a policy of 'zero tolerance' toward any type of anti social behaviour.

"There should be a curb on the number of premises permitted to sell alcohol as it is available too freely."

A B&Q spokesman said: "B&Q is aware of the drinkers in the street on close proximity to the store.

"On a number of occasions we have asked them to move on, which they have without incidents. B&Q is continuing to monitor the situation."

Police confirmed there were problems with drinking in the area and that they have been taking proactive steps to tackle it.

A Barnet Police spokesman said: "Police officers have, since last year, had the power to order any troublemakers or potential problem drinkers to leave any area around Cricklewood for a period of up to 48 hours.

"The power has been used most often by Childs Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team officers on patrol in the area, and has been effective in tackling street drinking, especially around the B&Q in Cricklewood Lane."

Anyone with concerns should contact the SNT on 020 8721 2034.

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk

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