Lodge Causeway antisocial behaviour is a 'serious cause for concern'
ANTISOCIAL behaviour on a Fishponds street is a "serious cause for concern", say the area's councillors.
Police are increasing patrols around Lodge Causeway after residents reported incidents including people urinating in public, aggressive begging, fighting and threatening violence to passers-by.
People sharing experiences on social media have spoken of the area feeling unsafe and not wanting to visit it alone.
Ward councillors Craig Cheney and Ellie King are holding a public event in the street this month to talk to residents and shop owners. They are also talking to police and the charity running a nearby hostel, whose residents have been linked with the problems.
The councillors said: "The ongoing antisocial behaviour in Lodge Causeway has been brought to our attention by a number of residents and is a serious cause for concern.
"The police have recently met with the hostel to discuss ways to approach this.
"As a result of this meeting, they’re going to increase patrols on the high street and look at ways to target support for the individuals behaving in an antisocial manner."
The two councillors will host a 'safer streets stall' at the end of Lodge Causeway by the Tesco Express store between 11am and 1.30pm on September 18.
They said they hoped to "gauge the number of residents who want to see some action taken", as most people affected by the antisocial behaviour had not been reporting it.
A police spokesperson said: "Neighbourhood officers are aware of antisocial behaviour issues in the Lodge Causeway area and share the concerns of local residents and businesses."
Anyone who sees an incident of anti-social behaviour can call 101, at any time of day or night, or report it online at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report, so the police can "take appropriate action".
Charity St Mungo’s runs the Longhills supported living hostel in nearby Whitefield Road, with accommodation for up to 26 people with "complex needs" who were previously homeless.
The charity is "actively engaging" with residents and police, and holding weekly meetings with businesses to address complaints.
A spokesperson said: “St Mungo’s takes complaints about our services very seriously and we are working with the local community, the neighbourhood policing team and our clients to address the issues which have been raised in relation to anti-social behaviour in the Lodge Causeway area.
“St Mungo’s and our residents are part of the community, and we strive to be good neighbours and find sustainable solutions to any issues raised. We encourage any local residents who have any concerns to discuss them with us, and to continue to report any incidents to the police."
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