Barrow alleygates damaged in spate of vandal attacks
Last updated at 16:25, Wednesday, 18 September 2013
GATES designed to make it difficult for troublemakers to enter alleyways are being vandalised, leaving council chiefs out of pocket.
Cumbria County Council has installed 77 alleygates in parts of Barrow and Dalton most affected by incidents of crime, anti-social behaviour, littering and fires.
However, a recent spate of vandalism has damaged 10 gates, costing £5,000 to repair them.
A replacement gate is needed in Storey Square after someone drove into the gate, causing serious damage.
Councillor Kevin Hamilton, chair of the county council’s Barrow Local Committee, said: “Alleygates in Barrow have proved a really useful tool in helping reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Unfortunately, we’re now spending thousands of pounds on repairs because some gates are being damaged due to vandalism or carelessness.
“Objects and superglue have been forced into some gate locks, meaning we’ve had to put in new lock barrels.”
PC Eric McKinley, of Barrow Police, said the alleygates make it hard for people to enter a back alley or premises without good reason.
He said: “Unfortunately, the minority have damaged the gates.
“We don’t know whether the damage is being done by people passing just as general vandalism or if people who want them permanently disabled are doing it so they can commit crime inside.
“The gates are a huge deterrent and we want to keep them in one piece. Since they have been installed, the number of incidents has definitely reduced by stopping sneak-in burglaries and damage done to unattended motor vehicles.
“Flytipping was a big problem in the alleys and that has been eliminated in some areas, thanks to the gates stopping access to troublemakers.”
Residents with an alleygate are advised to regularly lock them, using a key provided to each home.
Cllr Hamilton added that he thought some of the damage was being caused through “carelessness”.
First published at 16:01, Wednesday, 18 September 2013
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Still waiting for alley gates on the Nelson Street / Napier Street backstreet! We were promised these years ago!A child playing in the backstreet is going to be killed one day due to cars using it as a race track and a cut through! Council - as promised - give us our gates!
Council chiefs are never out of pocket. Council tax payers on the other hand...