Weekend security patrols continue at The Bowes Museum following completion of three-month trial (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Weekend security patrols continue at The Bowes Museum following completion of three-month trial
WEEKEND security patrols in the grounds of a North-East museum are to continue following the completion of a three-month trial.
Trustees at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, called in Darlington-based Sparta Security following complaints that the grounds were being used as a place where youths were congregating to drink alcohol.
The grounds of the museum were bequeathed to the town as a public park by the museum's founders John and Josephine Bowes in the 19th century.
They are also home to the Barnard Castle's bowls and tennis clubs as well as popular with dog walkers and other groups.
In an effort to tackle the problem of antisocial behaviour, the security guards began patrols between 7pm and 10pm on Friday and Saturday evenings for a three month trial period which concluded at the end of September.
This month's Barnard Castle police and communities together (Pact) meeting was told patrols were continuing at weekends.
PCSO Ryan Field, who covers Barnard Castle town centre, said the patrols had worked well to complement the police's efforts to tackle problems in the grounds, with officers being called in by the security guards to remove and dispose of alcohol taken from underage drinkers.
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