Police warning as visitors head for beauty spot

Police warning as visitors head for beauty spot

By Michael Upton | 01/03/2021

Police warning as visitors head for beauty spot


POLICE have warned they are on patrol in a beauty spot village after residents raised concerns about large number of visitors flocking there for a walk.

Rotherham North police team officers said they were following up complaints of inconsiderate parking in Wentworth.

It comes after the Advertiser reported last month how fed-up residents had called on day-trippers to “stay away” amid claims some were coming from several miles away to gather in large groups.

PC Fiona Brier said: “We are aware of the concerns of local residents in Wentworth village due to the increased number of visitors and vehicles recently, particularly during lockdown.

“Concerns are due to the amount of people in the area and in some cases, inconsiderate parking.

“Please be assured we are taking the concerns seriously.

“While we appreciate people are out enjoying the scenery and fresh air during these testing times, we ask this is done safely and with respect for the residents and local businesses.

“Therefore, officers will be increasing patrols, both on foot and vehicular.

“Please feel welcome to have a chat and let us know of any issues when you see us.”

Some residents have taken matters into their own hands, with no-parking cones having been placed outside houses on the approach to Holy Trinity Church.

Resident and business owner Amanda McHale said the situation was worse than ever.

“People are still using people’s gardens as a loo and rubbish is an issue too.

“We are picking up but it’s never-ending.

“We have never saw so many people here prior to lockdown.”

Amanda said there were also issues with day trippers disturbing animals, adding: “A sheep was mauled by a dog in the Greasbrough area a couple of days ago, we have had people wandering on to the yard where we keep the horses to feed them, they are leaving gates open and walking across crops, too.

“I just hope it’s over soon.”

Supt Paul McCurry said: “It is not against the law to travel for exercise, but we do strongly encourage people to stay local where possible and stay two metres apart.”

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