'˜Old Portsmouth isÂ lawless' '“Â fury as annual blight ofÂ Hot WallsÂ youths leaping into SolentÂ adds to catalogue of misbehaviour
PEOPLE living near the Camber Docks and Hotwalls are at their wits end after reporting a series of incidents that have left people terrified as young people flock to the area when the sun is out.
The catalogue of misdemeanours raised by besieged locals is said to have spilled over into violence, including a vicious attack recentlyÂ when a group of German tourists with their teacher were set upon by a baying mob of drunks yobs.
Earlier in the summerÂ residents said there was a brawl involving 150 teenagers from different areas of the city '” including girls '” who had arranged to meet over social media and fight out their differences. On another occasion a teenage girl reportedly threw a used tampon in the face of a woman who asked her to stop smoking cannabis in the public toilet.Â
Attempts to quell the nuisance behaviour has resulted in a multi-agency response including Hampshire police, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire Fire Service and coastguards as they attempt to keep a lid on the problems.Â
But residents feel not enough is being done. OneÂ said: '˜Old Portsmouth is a lawless and unregulated zone.Â
'˜I witnessed a horrific attack outside the square whenÂ a drugged woman was Â punching various people in the head.'Â
Another added: '˜It all sounds very nice having new CCTV, extra patrols andÂ surgeries but at the end of the day it means absolutely nothing if you don't implement them.Â Is it going to take a serious injury before they wake up to it?'
Sgt Rob Sutton, who used to be on the beat in Old Portsmouth, said: '˜If we move them we areÂ just moving the problem to a different area. Having a feature like the Lido would help.'