Drunken antics lead to removal of benches

Photo Ian Robinson'PCSO Fern Jones on Market Street in Chorley where benches have been removed due to the local drunks, pictured with Market Street shop staff, Nitika Kumar, Chris Cooke, Vish Patel and Shaun Liptrot
Photo Ian Robinson'PCSO Fern Jones on Market Street in Chorley where benches have been removed due to the local drunks, pictured with Market Street shop staff, Nitika Kumar, Chris Cooke, Vish Patel and Shaun Liptrot

Two town centre benches have been removed because of nuisance down-and-outs.

The Market Street benches - outside the Nisa One Stop shop - were taken away due to constant anti-social and drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Chorley Police say they have received more than 40 complaints about the activities taking place there in just two months.

Chorley Council and police said they felt that removing the benches was the best solution.

The benches will be removed for a period of two months, cleaned and replaced where they were.

Nic Lewis, police community beat manager, said: “The benches were taken away as we received so many complaints. The people around the area are constantly drunk and have destroyed the benches which meant the council needed to clean them.

“They are draining our resources and we can’t afford to spend that much time there so we decided to remove them for two months in the hope it calms down the problems.”

He said a drinking ban is already in place in the town centre but that the unruly group constantly flout the law. The culprits have been seen drinking, urinating and even defecating on the benches.

Three nearby businesses - Nisa, Rivington Bikes and New Uniforms - claim their trade has been badly affected as a result of the nuisance behaviour.

Shaun Liptrot, manager of Rivington Bikes, said: “I’m sick of it - it has been a problem for years.

“With the way the weather has been I’ve had the door open and all you can hear is swearing and I’ve lost custom because parents don’t want their children in the area.”

Mr Liptrot, who said bottles had been thrown in the middle of the road towards his shop, has complained numerous times and insists he does not want to see the benches returned.

He added: “I see it as a pointless exercise if the benches are going to return.”

A New Uniform employee said: “It’s not nice to see for the children especially when people are drunk on the benches.

“Since they have been removed it is really quiet and I don’t want to see them back because the problem will just start again.”