Lincolnshire

Wardens used to boost Gainsborough streets

Wardens have started daily patrols in part of a Lincolnshire town affected by high levels of anti-social behaviour.

South West Ward area of Gainsborough is a hot spot for fly tipping, graffiti and crime associated with empty properties, such as vandalism.

West Lindsey District Council said houses around Trinity Street were older and difficult to maintain.

Along with police and the town council, the authority said it aimed to monitor the area as often as possible.

Many of the houses in the area were more than 100 years old, which make them difficult to heat and repair, officials said.

Narrow lanes also restricted cleansing vehicles which led to problems with littler and vermin, they added.

Chris Allen, from the council, said: "We have tried interventions with our partners in the past and we have had some limited success - but what we really want to see is sustainable improvement in that area.

"The only way we can get that is to work with the community and get the community to tell us what their priorities are and to address those in a responsive and proactive way."

Mr Allen said wardens would deter criminal acts but also act as a contact point for residents.

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