Metal gates are needed to stop criminals frequenting an alleyway in a Berkshire town, police and residents say.

The passage, between Culley Way and Farmers Close in Cox Green, is a crime hotspot with reports of sexual activity, broken glass, littering and late-night noise, crime reduction advisor Caroline Heard told the Maidenhead Advertiser.

Councillors are now due to meet next week to discuss whether steel gates should go up at the alley to control access.

Thames Valley Police has said it is in favour of the move, the newspaper said.

There have been 24 crimes reported and 63 reports of anti-social behaviour close to the alley over the last six years.

Incidents include criminal damage, drug use and assault.

Recently, it was reported that the introduction of metal gates at alleyways in Darwen, Lancashire, had cut crime by 33 per cent.

Over 45 gates were installed at the Suddell and St James area of the town, the Lancashire Telegraph said.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800465676-ADNFCR