A rise in antisocial behaviour near a play park is causing concern.

Police have reported increased incidents and complaints from around Frizington and particularly from the play park in the Home Group estate in the Newtown area.

Frizington parish clerk Gwynneth Everett said the parish council is aware of the problem and is looking to work with the police to tackle it.

Mrs Everett who is also a Copeland councillor representing the Arlecdon and Ennerdale ward, which includes Frizington, said Copeland is also aware of the problem.

“It has been referred to the Whitehaven Hub which enables the various agencies to work together to solve the problem, “Mrs Everett said.

She added: “The main problem seems to be the noise. You have to expect noise from a play park but I think this is later at night and during school holidays that it causes problems.”

She said there was another play park on the main street: “but that is fenced and is locked at 8pm but that is not possible at the Newtown park.

“The Newtown one has no fences and there is no way to lock it at nights.”

Mrs Everett said she had been send some recordings of the noise level which she has sent to the hub where they were being looked at.

“I was down there one afternoon and was talking to two lads sitting on a bench.

“Another man walked by and I asked him if he had any problems with the play park. He said he did not.

“I think it mainly a row of house backing on to the park that get most of the noise - and that is where the complaints are coming from.”

Local PCSO Huck has been patrolling the area on a regular basis and has also been talking to residents and young people, to listen to their concerns and offer advice to look at tackling the problem.

Police have advised anyone seeing antisocial behaviour to report it immediately.

“Don’t hesitate to contact Police on online at www.cumbria.police.uk/reportit.

“ Or phone 101 or through the charity CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”