The local authority and members of an allotment in Southend have appealed for funding to install security fencing in the wake of exacerbated anti-social behaviour.

According to the Echo, the Manchester Drive allotments, in the Leigh area of the city, have a well-known problem with nuisance behaviour, including thefts, torching and use of an airgun, that has got even worse over the past few months.

This was because existing fencing had fallen to a substandard level, meaning some plot holders were even afraid to enter the site.

Leigh Town Council has asked for cash help from Southend's Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership to add to the £51,534 cost to install security fencing.

"At the moment, we don't feel able to let plots at the top of the site because they are particularly vulnerable to bad behaviour and trespassers," Martin Scott, chairman of the Manchester Drive Allotment Society, told the newspaper.

"We welcome the council's willingness to pursue the fencing. It has a duty of care to its tenants, so we are very pleased it is pursuing this," he added.

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