THE organiser of Tardebigge Anglers is urging the public to treat the reservoir with respect following a spate of anti-social behaviour in the area.
Michelle Tuffley said the police have been called ‘dozens of times’ to the reservoir, where the group fish, because of young adults having parties.
“Every summer we get our fair share of issues: kids hanging round the top of the dam wall, fires being set, damage to platforms and litter and drug paraphernalia being left,” she said.
“But during lockdown it got 100 times worse. We now get double the amount of walkers and litter and dog excrement has increased.”
The anglers and the volunteers at the Canal and River Trust say they have had to clear most of the rubbish themselves.
“Not only are there bags of litter, but we have also had to contend with people defecating and leaving behind used toilet paper,” added Michelle.
“We end up clearing that away too – it’s vile. If one of our members were caught doing any of this we would ban them for life from the fishery.”
The anglers claim that over the last few months they have been blamed for the area’s ongoing issues.
Michelle recently had an email asking if the group ‘monitored its anglers’ because of the increase in litter.
“I emailed them back explaining that it’s not us,” she said.
“We are dreading sunny days, because it always gets worse.”
The Standard has contacted local police for comment.