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Llanelli green booze ban hopes to stop trouble-makers

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: June 22, 2011

Brian Wilkins

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RESIDENTS have called for an alcohol ban to stop abusive boozed-up youths causing trouble on a Llanelli green.

People living in the Five Tys, off Station Road, claim the large green area outside their homes attracts gangs of up to 50 youths, who drink alcohol, make noise and abuse passers-by.

At a meeting of the Glanymor and Tyisha Safer Communities Action Group, members resolved to take firm action and are now looking at ways to impose an alcohol ban and prevent more licensed premises opening on Station Road.

Correspondence secretary Paul Harries said: "If they are drinking and there is an order there saying they cannot drink in an open area, then they are committing an offence.

"Hopefully that will resolve the problem.

"We don't mind anyone sitting there in the sunshine but once they are drinking and urinating, it's different.

"I will look into the alcohol free zone. If we have 30 to 50 people drinking on the green and causing problems, then I think it is about time something is done about it."

Five Tys resident Debbie Pearce complained of youths congregating all around the buildings, where they drink until the early hours.

"One day myself and a neighbour counted 32 people on one bit of the green and at the side of the building there were another 20," she said.

"So there were around 50 people drinking, with our children out playing there.

"A lot of the youths aren't from Llanelli. It's like a stop-off point for the train.

"They are so abusive, they challenge everyone who walks past."

Concerned residents are trying to get at least four CCTV cameras installed at the front of the building and hope a raised flower bed, which they believe is a magnet for trouble, will soon be demolished.

The group agreed to write to the council's licensing committee following all meetings where problems were reported. They hope this will highlight the seriousness of the issue and stop any more alcohol licences being granted in Station Road.

Action group chairwoman Vanessa Marsh said: "Drinking, urinating, injecting — you name it, it goes on there.

"Regarding licensing and the misuse of alcohol we have all the support of Inspector Eric Evans.

"He is very supportive of hopefully having no more licensed premises placed there."

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