Metal gates have been improved at a park in Derby to stop dangerous drivers and anti-social behaviour.

Residents living close to the King George V playing fields, in Littleover, will take part in a pilot scheme in which they will be given keys to the steel gates so they can be locked to prevent access, the Derby Telegraph reports.

The trial, the first of its kind in Derby, will see residents taking it in turns to lock the gates in the evening and reopen them in the morning. The pilot will last for three months and begins in April.

A series of incidents – including two cars being burnt out and the sexual assault of a woman, have been recorded in recent months.

Local Dawn Gee who set up the residents' group Carlisle Against Crime told the newspaper the metal gates were about stopping criminal activity.

"We have wanted to do this for a while and have now got the go-ahead from the council," she said.

Recently, the management of a museum in Bridgwater put up metal railings to stop youths vandalising the building, which is Grade I listed.

Gangs have pulled down shuttering and attempted to break in at the Somerset Brick and Tile Museum, the Bridgwater Mercury said.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800472421-ADNFCR