Police and Hartlepool engineering firm team up to stop nuisance cars and off-road bikes in their tracks
Anti-social visitors to a Hartlepool beauty spot will find their access blocked thanks to a partnership between police and a town employer.
Six large concrete rings have been provided by Seymour Civil Engineering to neighbourhood police to stop nuisance and criminal use of off-road bikes, quad bikes and cars at Summerhill country park.
Weighing between a quarter and half a tonne Seymour donated, delivered and installed the rings that will be used to block access to fields, and protect crops and livestock.
It also means unauthorised vehicular access through to Summerhill Park from the Dalton Piercy farm will be denied.
Cleveland Police have thanked Seymour for their “amazing support”.
Last month, police employed drones to monitor Summerhill and nearby Ward Jackson Park from the air following an increase in complaints about young people causing criminal damage,arson, anti-social behaviour and disorder.
And in March, up to 900 square metres of grassland, inhabited by ground nesting birds and other wildlife, was destroyed by arsonists at Summerhill.
Extra patrols by police and council officers were also introduced after the upsurge in incidents following the onset of the lighter nights.
Hartlepool Neighbourhood Policing Team’s Temporary Chief Inspector Mark Haworth said earlier this year: “Officers are regularly patrolling the area following reports of criminal damage and issues with off-road bikes.
“We want to ensure Summerhill Country Park continues to be enjoyed by our communities and this behaviour is not acceptable. If you see behaviour you’re concerned about, or have information which could assist the police, please call 101.”