Spiky bushes planted to stop Quedgeley yobs
Spiky bushes have been placed in part of Gloucester in a bid to stop anti-social behaviour.
Police planted pyracantha, or firethorn bushes, along the brook behind Bentley Close in Quedgeley in an attempt to prevent youths from congregating there.
A force spokesman said stone-throwing youths had damaged houses and cars during the summer.
Pc Lucy Kay said extra patrols had been introduced, but it was felt "something more long-lasting was needed".
The plants were donated to the Safer Community Team by a local garden centre.
Pc Kay added: "Prickly plants can be a very effective obstruction and deterrent in these situations and should keep people off the patch of land in question.
"We're hopeful the move will have a significant impact."