Security stepped up at hall in Emersons Green after anti-social behaviour by youths

Security is being stepped up at Emersons Green Village Hall to tackle anti-social behaviour by youths.

The hall’s management has highlighted the problem on Facebook this week after suffering three separate incidents in the past week.

They said: “On each occasion youths entered the hall and tried to cause damage and disruption and were threatening to our staff.

“The police have been notified and are aware of ongoing issues with a group of young people in and around Emersons Green.

“To ensure we keep our staff and you safe, we have implemented some short-term measures. We appreciate this may cause some small inconvenience but hope you understand that the safety of everyone in and around the hall must come first.”

The measures include locking the front doors from 3pm each day (when schools finish) between classes held at the hall. A doorbell has been fitted.

The management say they are in ongoing discussions with the police and with the trustees on what measures can be taken to maintain everyone’s safety.

The Week In has asked the police for a response.

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