Security fencing will be put up around pensioners' homes in Staffordshire to combat anti-social behaviour.

Gangs have been hanging around in the gardens of residents of Hollins Grange, a sheltered housing complex in Talke, the Sentinel reported.

The youngsters are using the gardens as a shortcut, but are also stopping to drink, litter and even urinate.

However, after a series of complaints, plans are in place for £1,500 security fencing to be put up to deal with the issue.

Councillor Kyle Robinson, Newcastle Borough Council Labour member for Butt Lane and chairman of Butt Lane locality action partnership, told the newspaper: "The new fence will ensure the senior residents feel more secure in their homes and will add extra security.

"I am looking to campaign for more of this in the ward because it makes such a difference to vulnerable people's lives."

85-year-old Bert Stanley told the newspaper: "Sometimes I'll hear a noise around the back and when I go and look I'll see one of them urinating in my garden, which is embarrassing.

"Hopefully that will stop now they're putting up fencing."

The project is set to begin in March.

Recently, the developers of a disused hospital in Worcestershire applied for planning permission to install security fencing to prevent trespassing.

The fencing, measuring seven foot, ten inches high, will be erected around the site in Malvern, the town's Gazette newspaper said.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800322038-ADNFCR