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Gates at Chorley cemetery will be shut at night to clamp down on youths making nearby residents lives a misery.

Council officials have decided to lock the main gate between 7pm and 8am after a number of complaints that eggs have been thrown at windows in Walgarth Drive.

Elsie Hall says the move comes as a relief to locals.

She said: “I think it should have been done a long time ago because there is no reason to go down to the cemetery at night when it is dark.

“Since some of the trees have been taken down on the graveyard we have had lots of problems.

“My son woke me up at 2.15pm last week and saw youths trying to steal the beading off my window and I don’t know what would have happened if we had not heard them.

“I am hoping that this will stop them from getting to the back of our houses.”

Coun Ralph Snape, who represents the Chorley North West ward, raised the issue at the recent All Party leaders liason meeting last Monday after speaking to local residents.

He said: “There is something immoral about people using a cemetery for trying to annoy nearby residents.

“The council officers have done a fantastic job in coming up with this solution to close the main gates where people drive in.

“If the problem persists then I think they will also look into closing the gate for people coming by foot. Hopefully, it will cut down on the incidents because it has been so scary for some of the elderly residents.”

Coun Eric Bell, who is responsible for the cemeteries for Chorley Council, said the local authority are responding to public concerns.

He said: “To help with security we will be closing the main gates at night to give people peace of mind and prevent vehicles accessing the cemetery after dark.

“It’s unfortunate that we’re having to do this, but we hope visitors to the cemetery will understand.

“Our neighbourhood officers will also be stepping up patrols in the area during the daytime to see if we can find who is responsible for the thefts and give people visiting the cemetery reassurance that we are taking their concerns seriously.”