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Boston Central Park To Remain Closed At Night For Two More Years

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Boston’s Central Park will remain shut at night to stop crime and anti-social behaviour

 

Boston’s Central Park which is popular amongst families will remain closed at night for the next two years following a successful trial to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Before the trial, Lincolnshire Boston Central Park was a huge problem for Lincolnshire Police. On average Police received 10 calls per month, but since the trial started in September 2021 the number of reported incidents has reduced by two-thirds.

According to a report from Boston Borough Council’s Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) the average number of calls regarding Boston Central Park has reduced to around four a month.

Community Safety Manager Peter Hunn, quoted in the report, stated: “It is clear from the reported police incidents over the last three years that the locking of Central Park at night has been a real success.

“The relief, peace and quiet this reduction must have had for residents living adjacent to Central Park is something that we must continue with going forward, therefore my recommendation will be to continue with this valuable service going forward.”

The decision to lock the park gates at night was initially made in 2021 due to increasing incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Police Inspector Colin Clarkson said: “The reduction in calls for service to police have meant that officers have been freer to deal with other incidents. I believe there is benefit to the community in restricting access during the hours of darkness which outweighs keeping the park accessible all the time.”

The council report recommends continuing the closure of the park for another two years.

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