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King Street traders blighted by petty crime and antisocial behaviour
BUSINESSES in part of Bridgwater town centre say petty crime and antisocial behaviour is becoming a growing nuisance.
Traders in King Street spoke to the Mercury to highlight a series of incidents in recent weeks.
On Thursday, Anne Middleton, who works at Peter J Nicholls photography studio, arrived to find somebody had ripped off the brass handle on the front door.
She said: “At first I just laughed, because I thought what idiot would wants a door handle, but then I realised they probably did it for the scrap metal value.
“One handle won’t be worth much, but if you take 20 it adds up.”
Mr Nicholls told the Mercury: “It’s people on drugs who are doing this. It’s ridiculous, it’s such a minor, annoying thing.
“We need CCTV. We get it in the town centre but not in the side streets where we need it – it’s the forgotten end of town.”
Next door at Knight and Taylor hairdressers, shop owner Maria Pawlyszyn said that virtually every day, her advertising board, placed at the junction of King Street and Fore Street, is moved or turned to face the wrong away.
She said: “It’s been going on for about five months.
“One time somebody found it the other side of the bridge and brought it back.
“It’s also been damaged and kicked in.
“It’s just a nuisance and childish behaviour.”
Maria said she has phoned the police non-emergency number, 101, but has been told that CCTV cameras have not been facing in the right direction to see her advertising boards She said another problem is rubbish.
“In the mornings, there are people, who are homeless I guess, going through the bins – they empty all the bags and there is rubbish everywhere.”
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