Youths in Northamptonshire warned playing football in green space is ‘anti-social behaviour’

Residents of Walkers Way have been sent a letter telling them playing football on a green space of land is 'anti-social behaviour'
Residents of Walkers Way have been sent a letter telling them playing football on a green space of land is 'anti-social behaviour'

A resident said she believes a letter sent out by a Police Community Support Officer warning that youths playing football on a patch of green space were engaging in ‘anti-social behaviour’ was “heavy-handed”.

The resident, who did not wish to be named, lives in the Walkers Way area of Roade and has a young son who regularly plays football on the grass near to the house with his friends.

Residents of Walkers Way have been sent a letter telling them playing football on a green space of land is 'anti-social behaviour'

Residents of Walkers Way have been sent a letter telling them playing football on a green space of land is 'anti-social behaviour'

Earlier this week, PCSO Tara Cooksammy sent residents a letter warning them that “in the recent nicer weather” youths had conducted anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance by “kicking footballs in the green/ car park area”.

The letter states: “The footballs are being kicked against the walls of properties in the area and the noise of this is very upsetting to residents in Walkers Way.

“The Green and the car parking areas are not designed for this play and there is a recreation ground near to Walkers Way where the youths can play safely and not cause any issues to residents or property.”

The resident said she believed that the green space had been designed for recreational activities.

She said: “It just seems like a sledgehammer to crack a nut. The parents all communicate in the area so why couldn’t they arrange a community meeting if people had issues?

“I like my son to play nearer to home as he is only young. This seems to go against the advice at the moment encouraging children to be active and live a healthy lifestyle.”