Drug use and vandalism acts at nature reserve

PUBLISHED: 07:11 16 October 2019 | UPDATED: 07:16 16 October 2019

Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve.

Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve.

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A popular beauty spot has been hit by antisocial behaviour in recent weeks, with youngsters spraying graffiti and taking drugs.

Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve has been marred by vandalism and drug use, as wardens and police try to tackle the issue.

The land, which is owned by housing developer Persimmon and managed by North Somerset Council, is a popular place for wildlife enthusiasts and walkers.

The Times has learned hides at the nature reserve have been sprayed with graffiti, and youngsters have been seen smoking cannabis, creating an uncomfortable atmosphere for people visiting the reserve.

The council and Avon and Somerset Constabulary are working to address the problems, with police visiting schools to discourage children from engaging in antisocial behaviour.

A council spokesman said: 
"The site is unfortunately periodically subject to antisocial behaviour, and we work closely with the police and our community response team to try to tackle this.

"The PCSOs also visit local schools and will speak about antisocial behaviour and its effects on the community.

"The warden is down there most days and will deal directly with any issues that arise, and we also have a very active volunteer community group who take great pride in the site."

Witnesses of antisocial behaviour in the reserve are urged to contact the authorities.

The council spokesman continued: "If anyone sees anti-social behaviour we do ask that they report it to the police on 101 providing as much information as possible.

"Ideally if they witness an incident, a description of those involved really helps.

"Obviously we do not want members of the public to put themselves at any risk, so they should not confront anyone taking part."

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