Residents want cage installed over Wallasey bridge to combat anti-social behaviour
A CAGE could be built around a Poulton bridge in an attempt to tackle crime and improve the trouble-spot area.
Anti-social behaviour and crime in the streets surrounding Sherlock Lane have been escalating at a distressing rate over the past five years.
Pensioners were said to be scared of leaving their homes, balls were reported to have been kicked at babies and people were taunted by children who ripped up rubber tiles from the park, lit them and launched them over garden walls.
But since October last year a new residents’ association called Tate Triangle was formed to take back control of the streets.
For months now the group has been holding meetings, working with councillors, housing trusts and Wirral Council’s anti-social behaviour team.
A mobile police station with 24-hour cctv
was placed in the area and now the community is urging the tunnel police to place a cage over the bridge in Sherlock Lane.
Seacombe Labour ward councillor John Salter has been involved with Tate Triangle since it formed.
He said: “We had a lot of problems, but since Tate Triangle formed there have been three police raids and some troublemakers have been evicted.
“There have been arrests and a Samurai sword was confiscated from a car in the area.
“I have now requested two-metre fencing on all approach roads leading to the tunnels and a cage on the bridge to help cut crime even more.”
During the last six months there has been a 7.2pc reduction in crime in the Seacombe/Poulton areas compared with the previous period, July to December 2007.
Secretary of Tate Triangle, Jenny Catterall, said: “It was horrific last year. It really hit a point where we had to do something - and now we have.”