Plain-clothes police and covert cameras to crack down on park poo-ers


Covert surveillance at Central Park is to be stepped up to catch out those who have been pooing and urinating in the bushes and shrubs.

The increased surveillance will include the use of on-site plain clothed police officers. Offenders will be arrested, prosecuted and banned from the area.

The move is part of a crackdown by Boston Borough Council and police on 
anti-social behaviour in the park.

Some shrubs have already been removed to reduce the cover available to those not using the public toilet near the park entrance. But councillors are concerned that the park should not be turned into a ‘green desert’ devoid of any planted areas.

Coun Yvonne Gunter said: “It’s not fair on the majority that we should be forced to spoil Central Park because a few do not know how to behave properly.”

Park staff are to step up their surveillance and use walkie-talkies to alert the council’s CCTV staff and police to suspect behaviour.

Central Park chargehand Kev Field said many of the incidents of inappropriate 
behaviour were fuelled by alcohol – discarded cans and bottles accompanying evidence that people have urinated and 
defecated under cover of trees and shrubs.

Park staff have challenged some offenders but, because of the aggressive behaviour of some caught in the act, police are to take firmer action.

CCTV cameras watch over the park and more of the council’s 81 cameras can be used to track offenders across town when they leave the area.

Members of the public who spot incidents of anti-social behaviour in the park are being urged to report it to police by dialling 101.