Prospect Park, Reading to become a safer place for men, women and children
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I live in Reading very close to Prospect Park. I am very worried about the state of the park.
I have lived here 3 years and I know that the park has some dark history but it feels like over the 6-12 months we are hearing of repeated serious events in the park and I would like something to be done about it to make it a safer place for everyone to be.
In the last year, I know that there have been at least 4 sexual assaults/rapes as well as a shooting. We have had repeated problems with travellers in different parts of the park sometimes for weeks on end at a time. There are frequent reports of faeces on the childrens play equipment which puts a lot of parents off letting their kids play in what looks like a really well equipped ground.
It really upset me to hear of the latest attacks on teenage girls last Monday. As a community, I know there is an appetite to do something about this park.
Off the top of my head, I am thinking CCTV, better lighting and maybe a security patrol or park warden with plenty of security notices through the park ensuring potential attackers know this area is not rich, easy pickings.
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