Thrapston skate park cuts yob complaints

Eddie Sewell at the new skate park in Thrapston
Eddie Sewell at the new skate park in Thrapston

A new skate park has helped reduce anti-social behaviour in the town, according to a top police officer.

Sgt Andy Maher, of East Northants Central Team, said officers have not received complaints about people skating down roads and causing anti-social trouble in the town since the skate park opened.

Sgt Maher said the new skate park in Meadow Lane, which opened last month, is great for the town.

He said: “In the past we’ve had problems with people skating down the road and causing general anti-social behaviour.

“But we’ve not had any of these problems since the skate park has opened.

“The skate park is great and I know the community and the council spent a long time getting it open.”

The park opened on June 15 after a community group spent years campaigning for it.

The sunken skate park was the second part of a project by Thrapston BMX Skate Park and Community Group, which began after the completion of a BMX track in 2011.

The group received £40,000 in funding from Thrapston Town Council and £50,000 from Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (Wren) to build the skate park.

Sgt Maher said at peak times about 80 children attend the skate park.

He said community officers in the town patrol the area to make sure everybody is safe and playing responsibly.

But he has asked parents to keep an eye on their children while down at the skate park.

He said: “Obviously with so many children in one area they can sometimes fall out or disagree, or there can be some instances of the older children bullying the younger ones.

“So, I would ask the parents to keep an eye out and check their child is OK.”

When the skate park opened, town councillor Val Carter said she was delighted the whole of the council was happy it had been completed.

She is hoping the park will prove to be popular for all ages in the town and surrounding areas.

The park was opened in a grand ceremony last month, which was well attended by the community.