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MP Jack Lopresti calls for police chief visit to Filton

Jack Lopresti
Image caption Mr Lopresti raised the matter in the House on Tuesday

A South Gloucestershire MP has told the House of Commons that problems with anti-social behaviour in Filton are still not being dealt with by police.

Jack Lopresti has invited chief constable Colin Port to the area to hear residents' concerns.

The Conservative MP said when people feel safe antisocial behaviour will not tolerated by the community.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said police were aware of the issues and were dealing with them.

Mr Lopresti, who represents the Filton and Bradley Stoke ward, told the House on Tuesday: "When people feel safe antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated by the community.

"And only when the local police achieve this we will see the trends of antisocial behaviour begin to reverse."

Police 'toothless'

One local resident, who only wanted to be known as Bernard, said the police's reassurance was "bland and meaningless".

"The constant racket in the street and the increasingly frequent scuffles and fighting that happens in the street go on into the night - sometimes until one in the morning.

"It's a quality of life issue - it makes it really difficult around here and it's getting very wearing.

"We're entering the third summer of this and police still haven't effectively shown the perpetrators they are in charge.

"They're toothless, frankly."

In a statement, Avon and Somerset Police said: "Together with the local authority the neighbourhood policing team are dealing with the issues raised by the community in recent months.

"The neighbourhood team including the inspector have and will continue to make themselves available to anyone who may want to discuss anti-social behaviour in their community."

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