Another area of Preston has had new alleygates fitted.
Preston Council planned to gate parts of the Town Centre wards to stop problems with anti-social behaviour. Work has been progressing during 2012.
Alleygates are put in to stop easy escapes routes for criminals and troublemakers between houses and other buildings, blocking them off and making it easier for police officers to pursue suspects.
The Council committed over £300,000 to alleygating schemes throughout Preston The latest to be erected is at Chews Yard in the Town Centre.
The yard that runs from Friargate through to Market Street West has been a problem area for many years.
Police received a number of complaints regarding people urinating and defecating in Chews Yard and nearby Union Street. indeed Chews Yard was identified by police as a ‘crime’ hot-spot with a higher than average incidences of crime and anti-social behaviour in and around the alley. Police also received requests from local business to close off the passage.
They alleyway is now securely locked.