A worried mum has called for CCTV and police patrols after drunken yobs littered the park where her children play with shards of broken glass and dog mess.

She says Oldfields play area, near the Hockley Road entrance to Bramshall Road Park, in Uttoxeter , is being defaced every weekend.

But the most recent offence saw dangerous materials, including glass and dog faeces, and the contents of a bin, smeared across the park.

Broken glass has been strewn across the play area
Broken glass has been strewn across the play area

East Staffordshire Borough Council , which is responsible for CCTV in town, has not committed to installing cameras overlooking the play area.

But police have vowed to up patrols near the area, which neighbours Uttoxeter Leisure Centre.

The Hockley Road mum, who asked not to be named, said: "It was sorted by the borough council after I made a couple of phone calls, but it’s just a recurring problem. There's broken glass all over the play area most weekends and this time there was dog faeces too.

"One of the reasons we bought this house was the fact we had a park so close by for our two young children. The kids went back to school last week and they'll all want to use the play area and the thought of them going there when it's in that state is pretty horrendous.

"After speaking to the gentleman from East Staffordshire Borough Council’s open spaces team, I learned their contractors come out on a Friday and a Monday to clean the play area.

"However, after those responsible have their Friday and Saturday night binges in the play area, we have these problems and Saturday and Sunday mornings, which is when many children use it.

"We need cameras looking over the play area. There are cameras on the leisure centre, but they don’t focus on the play area. A bit more police presence would be great, but we all know that’s a struggle because they’re so under-resourced at the minute.

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"Cameras would just give a bit of security and we could catch the little mites who are responsible. They're drinking and breaking the glass bottles underneath the slide in the play area.

"I always make sure I look at the play area before my children go in and I quite often have to pick up pieces of broken glass. My neighbours, who also have small children, have to do the same.

"It really is quite dangerous. Children could fall over on to the glass and then we’re talking about potentially very serious lacerations. I was really frustrated when I saw the state it was in and have never seen it so bad.

"Why someone would empty the bins and spread dog mess around escapes me. I felt sorry for the poor man who had to clear it up."

Oldfields play area
Oldfields play area

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "We have not been made aware of this issue at that location.

"However, we are determined to stamp out this type of anti-social behaviour and will increase patrols at the location at the relevant times.

"Local officers will work with our partners to provide a long-term problem solving approach to this issue."

East Staffordshire Borough Council came out to clear up the mess on Tuesday, September 5, almost immediately after being informed about it.

A council spokesman said: "The council will continue to liaise with Staffordshire Police to address incidents regarding anti-social behaviour, and we will be investigating options regarding security around the Uttoxeter Leisure Centre site.

"The park is regularly cleaned on a pre-planned schedule, but where we receive reports of high priority items, such as broken glass, the council will respond seven days a week in addition to the schedule.

"We would encourage all visitors to our parks to act responsibly, but where potentially dangerous items are identified please report these to the council’s open spaces team by contacting 01283 508013 during office hours, or by calling the Council’s emergency telephone on 01283 517111 outside of office hours."

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