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The psychological effect of a pair of staring eyes is to be used to stop anti-social activity in a narrow Boston alleyway.

The psychological effect of a pair of staring eyes is to be used to stop anti-social activity in a narrow Boston alleyway.

It is hoped the eyes, together with the warning "You are being watched", and a CCTV camera will dissuade people who have used Hatters Lane between Bridge Street and West Street for defecation and urination... during broad daylight.

The staring eyes have already been used to good effect in other parts of the country to deter cycle thieves. Thefts from the cycle rack under the signs in Newcastle reduced by two thirds

Hatters Lane is a public right of way but mainly serves the rear entrances of business premises and some residential properties.

One of the businesses has installed a CCTV camera to keep watch and will make any incriminating images captured available to the police and Boston Borough Council.

The staring eyes campaign has been launched by the police, the council and the East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership.

The council has had to deal with fly tipping in the alleyway in the recent past.

Peter Hunn, Boston Borough Council's principal community safety officer, said: "Hatters Lane presents particular problems because it is too conveniently located for this sort of abuse. It is close to the town centre, little used and very narrow, providing all the right sorts of opportunities for all the wrong sorts of behaviour.

"But there are no excuses for what is happening there. We want to dissuade people from the anti-social activity which is distressing for people who live and work in properties along the lane. We will have access to CCTV images and will take appropriate action if we are able to identify anyone."

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