Metal gates have been credited with cutting instances of crime in two Welsh towns.

Wales Online reports that Vale of Glamorgan Council's Alley Gates scheme, which has seen steel gates put up at lanes throughout Barry and Penarth, has helped to reduce fly-tipping, vandalism and dog fouling.

More than 350 gates have been installed, protecting 4,500 homes and businesses in both towns. Residents are equipped with key-cards meaning only they have access to the lanes.

Vale council alley gates coordinator Lynn Creese told the newspaper: "Alley-gating is a simple crime preventative measure, which is fully supported by the local police and emergency services."

"The Alley Gates project has specifically shown a reduction in the opportunity for fly-tipping, dog fouling, graffiti and vandalism," councillor Geoff Cox, the council's cabinet member for visible services, was also quoted as saying.

Residents also said the lanes were quieter following the gates going up, Mr Cox stated.

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