“Rude people urinate in front of my daughters and rock my house with music late at night.”
Father Chris Pratt says Middlesbrough Council and Cleveland Police must do more to tackle the anti-social behavior plaguing his neighborhood where he, his wife and their teenage daughters suffer.
One father expressed his frustration with the “pee-wee” and their deafening late-night music that echoed through his home until the early hours of the morning.
Chris Pratt, 47, says the antics, which are said to come from the car park most nights, make it “impossible” to sleep in his newly built home nearby. The father, who shares his home with his wife and 13-year-old twin daughters, says his house “trembles” from the loud music, which continued to play until 4 a.m. on multiple occasions.
Despite numerous complaints to Cleveland Police and Middlesbrough Council, Pratt says nothing has been done to stop the behaviour. From ‘racing’ cars tearing up and down the road to ‘lewd’ acts, the beleaguered father says these incidents happen every weekend, and insists ‘something has to be done’.
Pratt shared his ordeal with Teesside Live: “The problem is the shared car park – it’s the car park where people go to use Albert Park, which is a lovely car park for families to park their cars in. But in the last couple of years, I’m exhausted. We make people stop, open the car doors “, the windows, the shoes, and the loud music. This weekend, they stopped and played music so loud that my windows were shaking. I’m about 300 meters from the parking lot and can go anywhere between 9am and 4am.”
Chris reported that the children were “rudely urinating” in front of his twin daughters. “They don’t care. They don’t have a care in the world,” he lamented. The distressed father was forced to contact the police after witnessing these “immoral” acts, as the authorities confirmed that they had received a report about public urination.
He said: “Every time there is anti-social behaviour, I call the police. They were racing cars up and down Park Vale Road at 10pm on a Sunday. You can’t sleep, it’s impossible.” Chris, a diesel fitter and former member of the armed forces, also alleged that the youths were consuming beer and alcohol, then recklessly “smashing the bottles on the ground” once they had finished.
The family, who moved into the new Middlesbrough property just three years ago, are finding it increasingly difficult to live there despite its initial appeal. Adding to their problems, Chris’s autistic daughter suffers a “meltdown” due to noise disturbances, including the sound of breaking glass and loud music late at night.
In a desperate plea for peace, a local resident claimed Middlesbrough Council had been petitioned to install cameras in a bid to curb rampant anti-social behaviour. However, the council allegedly responded that there were not enough complaints to warrant such actions.
“The truth is that I start work at six in the morning. You can’t sleep, it’s impossible. My house is literally shaking because of the base and the music. Last night (Sunday) there were three cars and eight to 10 boys in the gang.” Chris added: “In the summer it’s horrific, but it’s close enough every weekend now that it’s been going on for two years.”
“We’ve gotten to the point where I don’t want to live here anymore. I’ve been with my partner for 16 to 17 years and this is the first house we’ve bought together. It’s a lovely new house – but it’s also become a nightmare.” Chris expressed his frustration with the authorities, saying: “I know how busy the police and the council are – but this has been going on for two years and we feel we are being ignored.”
In response to the ongoing problem, Cleveland Police announced plans to conduct high-visibility patrols. A police spokesman said: “Officers were made aware of a number of recent incidents of anti-social behaviour, including a report of urinating in a public place. Investigations are still ongoing to establish the nature of the recent incidents and whether any criminal offenses have occurred.” “
In response to recent reports of anti-social behaviour, local police have intensified their efforts in the area. They are currently collecting CCTV footage and conducting high-definition patrols. The situation regarding speeding vehicles is also under close examination to determine whether enforcement action is necessary. Cleveland Police encourage anyone wishing to report incidents of anti-social behavior to do so by calling 101 or reporting online via their website www.cleveland.police.uk.
A Middlesbrough Council spokesman acknowledged problems with parking and speeding on Park Vale Road. The council’s neighborhood safety team is grateful to the local people who provided evidence. A fixed penalty notice has already been issued, and several other incidents are being investigated.
The council pledges to work alongside Cleveland Police to tackle anti-social behaviour. They are urging the community to continue reporting their concerns by calling police on 101.
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