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After antisocial behaviour, rangers were deployed at Needham Lake in Needham Market
After antisocial behaviour, rangers were deployed at Needham Lake in Needham Market

Rangers have been deployed at a nature reserve in Suffolk where antisocial behaviour has occurred.

In May, Suffolk Police received reports of a large gathering of people at the barbecue area at Needham Lake in Needham Market.

Witnesses reported seeing broken branches from trees and droppings in bushes.

Rangers were deployed at Needham Lake in Needham Market following anti-social behaviour. Image: Suzanne Day

In addition, a large amount of garbage was left behind in several overflowing garbage cans.

Police set up patrols following the incident, with Mid Suffolk Council confirming rangers were also deployed to patrol the site during peak times.

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A council spokesman said it would help keep the lake clean.

The aftermath of the meeting at Needham Lake in May. Photo: Janice Lilley
Garbage left behind near the barbecue area at Needham Lake. Photo: Janice Lilley

“The situation has calmed down over the past few weeks and further steps are being taken to make Needham Lake a safe and enjoyable destination,” they said.

A security company now visits the site on weekends and the police continue to carry out regular patrols.

In addition, work has begun to modernize the playground equipment at the lake for the summer holidays.

The spokesman added: “We will continue to work with the police to combat the behaviour of those who endanger the use of the site for other visitors.”

“We encourage visitors to report antisocial behaviour to the police.”

By Isla