‘Intimidated’ by gangs of drunks in Leighton town centre

Residents and business owners have called on police to clamp down on the “intimidating” behaviour of rising numbers seen drunk and disorderly in Leighton town centre.

The Market Cross and the skatepark at Parsons Close Recreation Ground have been indentified as problem hotspots by fearful residents who have urged for action to be taken as the summer holidays begin.

Lucy Schultz, 31, who runs Cee Jay on Hockliffe Street, told the LBO that the problem has worsened to the point where she refuses to take her children into town.

Mrs Schultz said: “Though I live in Leighton Buzzard, there is no chance I will be bringing my children into town, or to the park in town centre, I do not want them to see this type of behaviour. “I feel it would also compromise their safety.

“There are big gangs of people who are paralytic and with it they are fighting, swearing and starting on people as they walk past.”

Central Beds Council confirmed to the LBO that there is already a controlled drinking zone in place for the town centre, which gives police discretionary power to ask a person to hand over alcohol in open or sealed containers.

If an individual fails to surrender alcohol or fails to comply with a request to refrain from drinking officers are able to take further action.

Sgt Andy Rivers, of Leighton Buzzard’s local policing team, confirmed that patrols have been stepped up to deal with the rising numbers of drunk and disorderly behaviour.

More on this story in the July 29 issue of the LBO.

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