Nottingham

Extra police patrols at Blidworth Woods

Police have vowed to step up patrols after problems of anti-social behaviour at a Nottinghamshire beauty spot.

Officers said there had been a growing problem with litter and groups of youths meeting after dark in the main car park at Blidworth Woods.

Now the Forestry Commission, Newark and Sherwood District Council and local police have organised a litter blitz and will step up patrols.

Wardens said it was important the public could enjoy the area.

Public complaints

The Forestry Commission said the 700-hectare (1,750 acres) site was one of the most popular in Nottinghamshire with walkers, cyclists and horse riders and was also a haven for wildlife.

However, Byron Whibley, from the commission, said the problems of littering, theft and vandalism had got increasingly worse since 2004.

He said: "Public complaints have increased as well and it has reached the point where we have had to get some help in, so we are now in a partnership with Nottinghamshire Police and local council to deal with the problem."

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