‘Urinating noisy yobs are stopping my family sleeping at night’: Father slams anti-social hooligans racing through car park and blaring music that ‘shudders’ his home until 4am
- Cleveland Police said it intends to conduct high visibility patrols in the area
A father-of-two has blasted ‘urinating’ noisy yobs who make it impossible to sleep as his house ‘shudders’ due to music which is blasted as late as 4am from a car park near to his new build home.
Exhausted Chris Pratt, 47, who lives in Ceremony Wynd in Middlesborough, said numerous calls to the police and council have not stopped the anti-social behaviour in a nearby car park and cars continue to race up and down the road.
Chris said the youths started ‘urinating’ in front of his 13-year-old daughters on one occasion. The diesel fitter also claimed they drink beer and alcohol before ‘smashing bottles on the floor’ once they have finished.
‘We are getting people pulling up, opening car doors, windows, and boots, and blaring music. This weekend, they pulled up and played music so loud that my windows were vibrating. I’m about 300m away from the car park. It can go anywhere between 9am and 4am,’ he said.
After being first on the scene of a fatal crash between a green Audi and a 30-year-old cyclist – who was later named as ‘much loved’ Liam Taylor- in January, Chris is concerned that another serious incident could occur.
Chris Pratt, who lives on Ceremony Wynd, says it is ‘impossible’ to sleep in his new-build home in Middlesborough due to anti-social behaviour in a nearby car park
Chris said numerous calls to the police and council have not stopped the anti-social behaviour
Cleveland Police said it intends to conduct high visibility patrols in the area.
‘The problem is with the car park on the common – it’s the car park that people go into to use Albert Park, and it’s a lovely car park for families to park in. But in the last two years, I’m exhausted,’ he said.
Chris lives with his wife and twin daughters – one of his daughters is autistic and has ‘meltdowns’ over the noise issues. The family only moved to the new Middlesbrough estate three years ago but say it is becoming a nightmare.
He said: ‘The fact is, I start work at 6am in the morning. You can’t sleep, it’s impossible.
‘My house literally shudders with the base and music. Last night [Sunday] there were three cars and eight to 10 lads in the gang … in summer it is horrendous but it is near enough every weekend now and it’s been going on for a couple of years.
‘It’s getting 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 have bought together. It’s a beautiful brand new home – but it is becoming a nightmare.
‘I know how busy police and the council are – but it has been going on for two years, and we feel like we are being snubbed.’
He added: ‘They don’t care. They don’t have a care in the world.’
Youths are said to be ‘pulling up, opening car doors, windows, and boots, and blaring music’ until 4am
A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: ‘Officers have been made aware of a number of recent incidents of antisocial behaviour, including a report of urinating in a public place. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the nature of the recent incidents and whether any criminal offences have taken place.
‘Police will be gathering CCTV and conducting high visibility patrols in the area in relation to these reports and will monitor the situation in regards to reports of speeding vehicles to establish if any enforcement action needs to be taken. Anyone who wishes to report incidents of antisocial behaviour can do so by calling 101 or reporting online to Cleveland Police on the website www.cleveland.police.uk.’
Chris said Middlesbrough Council has been asked for cameras to be installed in a bid to stop the bad behaviour. However, Chris claims he was told there were not enough complaints to warrant them.
A Middlesbrough Council spokesman said: ‘The Council’s Neighbourhood Safety team are aware of issues at the car park, and with speeding on Park Vale Road, and thank people living nearby for coming forward with evidence. One Fixed Penalty Notice has already been issued and the team are investigating a number of other incidents.
‘The Council will work alongside Cleveland Police to deal with antisocial behaviour and we encourage the community to keep reporting their concerns by calling police on 101.’
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