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Plea for crime-plagued Bierley snicket to be shut
Residents who live near a crime-plagued alleyway are calling for it to be closed off.
Councillors are being asked to consider a petition signed by 17 people calling for the pedestrian right of way between Warton Avenue and Hopton Avenue, in Bierley , to be removed to stop it from being used as a “congregation” point.
Concerned residents blame vandalism, loitering, thefts, burglaries, drinking, drug-taking and other anti-social behaviour on the alleyway being open.
They also say the link was used for a get away after a recent robbery at a nearby petrol station.
Lead petitioner Kashef Zahoor, 45, of Warton Avenue, said cars had been damaged by youths using the right of way, which he believed also attracted burglars who could use it as a quick escape route.
He said: “They park down at the bottom, use this as a thoroughfare and also at night there’s so many young teenagers drinking, smoking and doing drugs. We feel unsafe.
“So the residents have come together and said ‘it’s been built for us to have a short-cut rather than walk all the way round, and we are of the opinion that rather than have a short-cut we would have it shut and walk around.”