Metal security fencing will replace an existing wooden fence panels at an allotment site in Hartlepool if the plans are given the go-ahead.

According to the Hartlepool Mail, the allotment, at Chester Road, has been plagued by intruders, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour. Its wooden fence is damaged.

A new proposal recommends replacing the wooden panels with metal or mesh security fencing.

The newspaper quoted part of a report by Brian Neale, Hartlepool Borough Council's crime and disorder manager, as saying: "The allotments have suffered, over a number of years, from a high occurrence of break-ins, regular fly-tipping and cable burning, vandalism and the use of disused sheds and buildings for anti-social behaviour."

There are concerns plot-holders are giving up their spaces because of the problems.

The project, which will cost £37,000 if it goes ahead, will be formally considered in the new year.

Recently, new metal gates were fitted at a Stoke-on-Trent allotment after vandals broke in and damaged equipment.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800319570-ADNFCR