Police in Fair Oak are cracking down on teenage drinking after residents discovered evidence that after hours activities at the Youth Activity Centre on Blackberry Drive appeared to include drinking, smoking, graffiti, causing litter and busting up picnic tables.
Last weekend , residents visiting the Youth Centre found that local teens appeared to be not using the £70,000 multi use games area recently built for them in favour of using the outdoor patio area as a Pub instead.
They reported the entire area was strewn with rubbish and litter including empty beer cans, fag packets, wine and vodka bottles while discarded plastic bags from local supermarkets were flapped around the site like tumbleweed.
There was also evidence that youngsters had been clambering over the 20 inch soil bank designed to screen out noise from nearby housing in order to smoke and drink unseen – which would explain why residents are still complaining about noise levels.
A picnic table had also been completely destroyed and thrown on top of the hedge which borders Fair Oak Road.
Sergeant Chris Spellerberg of the Eastleigh Safer Neighbourhoods Team described the behaviour as “very disappointing” and promised to step up patrols and to speak to local off-sales outlets.
Accordingly, last night residents reported there was an increased police presence in Fair Oak and officers tweeted that youths had been stopped and drink confiscated – showing that tough action is already being taken.
As a couple of local residents cleared away the littered drink containers from outside the Youth centre one said:
“This just goes to shows you the mentality of young people these days.”
“Don’t they realise they could of earned £1.60 in Clubcard tokens if only they’d recycled these cans at Tesco?”