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Anti-social behaviour - make a call on 101

Incidents of anti-social behaviour in Central Park should be reported to the police as soon as they are witnessed - that's the message from Boston Borough Council and Lincolnshire Police.

There have been recent complaints about teenagers damaging the surface of the bowling green by playing football on it, despite there being acres of open space in the park for football to be played.

Signs banning football in the bowling green put up by the council after the first reported incident had been ripped down and disappeared the following day. New signs are now due to be erected and contractors are being engaged to make the bowling green area more secure.

But members of the public witnessing anti-social behaviour such as this are being urged to call the police on 101 as soon as they witness it.

Community Beat Manager, PC Martyn Chambers, said: "Central Park is a priority location for foot patrols and is also one of our target areas for Operation Dakota, the ongoing crackdown on alcohol-related anti-social behaviour. Naturally, we have competing demands on our resources which influences the amount of time officers are visibly on patrol in the park so we continue to urge members of the public to report incidents of anti-social behaviour as soon as they witness it in order that we can respond as effectively as possible."

The latest incident of football played on the bowling green happened on Sunday afternoon. Cllr Yvonne Gunter, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for parks and open spaces, said: "Boston Borough Council does not have grounds staff in Central Park at the weekends. There simply isn't money in these difficult financial times to pay for such attendance. They cannot be on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are occasions when the grounds staff are not in the park on a weekday. Their duties are not solely restricted to Central Park - they also have others areas of public open space to maintain.

"They are also not the police and, although some do confront those committing acts of anti-social behaviour they are not expected to deal with potentially violent individuals. It is at such times that we rely on the public to alert the police to anti-social behaviour occurring in the park. We have already asked that members of the public act as our eyes and ears and make a call on 101."