Anti-social behaviour is plaguing popular leisure complex site

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RESIDENTS living near a leisure complex in Northwich are concerned about constant anti-social behaviour taking place on the site.

Moss Farm Leisure Complex, run by Brio Leisure, in Winnington has multiple sports pitches and is also home to a number of clubs and organisations.

But residents have reported a number of anti-social issues to Cheshire Police, the council, MPs and the complex itself, including groups littering, shouting and swearing, setting fires, setting off fireworks, driving cars and motorbikes late at night and even leaving human waste.

All through the lockdown, the residents have been picking up rubbish and up-keeping the site to keep the area tidy, only to now be greeted with ‘private land’ signs from Brio.

Inspector Jason Murray from Cheshire Police said: “We are aware of the issues of anti-social behaviour at Moss Farm during the summer months.

“It rightly concerns residents, and PC Dan Lee and PCSO Gabs Pike are working closely with them and the local authority to address these issues.

“It is a local priority area for the Neighbourhood Team which we regularly patrol, and will take robust action against anyone found committing offences.

“Moss Farm is a wonderful facility, and it is not acceptable that some people choose not to show respect for the community in the area.

“I would ask anyone witnessing anti-social behaviour at Moss Farm to report it without delay, and we will act on it.”

A spokesperson from Brio Leisure, which runs Moss Farm, added: “The team at Brio have been working with the police to help reduce the anti-social behaviour over the summer.

“Daily checks have been carried out and have included litter picking to ensure the upkeep of the facility.

“The police have also increased patrols of the site at key times with the aim to reduce some of the disruptions and anti-social behaviour.

“We are aware that residents have come together to help clean up the area and this community spirit really shows how dedicated people are to helping and supporting the upkeep of this facility.

“The site has been a popular spot for dog walkers however we have had to introduce ‘No dogs allowed, private property’ signs as there has been an issue with dog waste.

“With more than 500 children and multiple clubs playing on the pitches at the weekend, it’s a risk we wish to prevent.

“Brio and Cheshire West and Chester Council are committed to keeping this site safe and understand the importance of what this facility offers to the local community.

“We will continue to work collectively with police and residents to tackle this ongoing issue.”