Pig manure used to drive away drug youths

Darlington and Stockton Times: A thick layer of pig manure has been spread in woodland between Willowbank and Stainton Way, in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, to keep out anti-social youths A thick layer of pig manure has been spread in woodland between Willowbank and Stainton Way, in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, to keep out anti-social youths

IT might have caused a bit of a stink, but a woodland used by youths as a drug den has been transformed back into a tranquil haven thanks to a lorry load of manure.

A council has come out smelling of roses after wielding a new and cost-effective weapon in the fight against anti-social behaviour.

Pig dung has been spread in a thick layer in woods in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, to deter youths from congregating and upsetting elderly people living close by.

A spokesman for Middlesbrough Council said: “Following complaints, an inspection of the area revealed it was being used to drink alcohol and take drugs, as paraphernalia known as ‘bongs’ were found.

“The Neighbourhood Safety Team commissioned the Area Care Service to cut back trees and thinned out the area to make it clearly visible from a footpath. The area care staff also provided and spread the pig manure.”

The woodland between Willowbank and Stainton Way has been crime-free since the innovative deterrent was introduced several weeks ago.

“Feedback from the residents indicated that although there was a slight whiff in Willowbank, they would much rather have a pong than a bong.”

Middlesbrough Council spokesman

He added: “Feedback from the residents indicated that although there was a slight whiff in Willowbank, they would much rather have a pong than a bong.”

Middlesbrough Council is faced with cutting more than £50m from its budget over four years, which includes reducing the number of its street wardens whose role includes dealing with episodes of anti-social behaviour.

As well as carrying out high visibility patrols, the uniformed council workers can confiscate alcohol from young people and request the names and addresses of anyone acting in an anti-social manner.

It has already been recommended to reduce the number of posts by 16 for the 2012-13 financial calendar, saving £450,000, and it is proposed that the service could be shrunk next year by a further £60,000.

Councillor Jan Brunton, who represents the Coulby Newham ward, said initially she had disagreed with the crime-fighting approach but her opinion had changed.

“At first I was against it because of the smell. I would rather have found another way, so we tried to find a manure that did not smell as much due to the people living nearby. But I am pleased to say it has worked. I don’t know where the youths have gone, but they’re not here.

"It does not smell now but the manure is still here, so it has acted as a deterrent.”

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11:45pm Wed 28 Dec 11

turbobox says...

“Feedback from the residents indicated that although there was a slight whiff in Willowbank, they would much rather have a pong than a bong.”
Middlesbrough Council spokesman


HA HA. did the manure come out of the council chambers ?
“Feedback from the residents indicated that although there was a slight whiff in Willowbank, they would much rather have a pong than a bong.” Middlesbrough Council spokesman HA HA. did the manure come out of the council chambers ? turbobox

11:32am Thu 29 Dec 11

stevester says...

I drive past a pig farm on my way to work and in the winter there is no smell but in the summer you can smell the farm miles before you get near it . So what action will the council take in the summer time when the locals are complaining that they cant hang their clothes out to dry or sit in their gardens or even the woods because of the smell ?

I dont think the council have realised that this is only a winter fix plus in the summer more and more people will be in the woods because of the good weather . If i was living there id rather smell cannabis than pig crap because driving past it everyday in the summer near makes me sick so imagine living beside it .

Why not just tax and regulate drugs so the Government is in control instead of resorting to stupid ideas like this . Ill bet the farmer the council bought the pig crap off laughed the whole way to the bank , i cant wait to summer to read about the locals going mad at the council because of the smell .

Kids also smoke weed and drink alcohol around the swings in my local park , the weed smokers are always nice and say hello when im walking past but the drinkers are always abusive so why not put pig or even dog crap over the swings too lol . What a stupid idea by the council !
I drive past a pig farm on my way to work and in the winter there is no smell but in the summer you can smell the farm miles before you get near it . So what action will the council take in the summer time when the locals are complaining that they cant hang their clothes out to dry or sit in their gardens or even the woods because of the smell ? I dont think the council have realised that this is only a winter fix plus in the summer more and more people will be in the woods because of the good weather . If i was living there id rather smell cannabis than pig crap because driving past it everyday in the summer near makes me sick so imagine living beside it . Why not just tax and regulate drugs so the Government is in control instead of resorting to stupid ideas like this . Ill bet the farmer the council bought the pig crap off laughed the whole way to the bank , i cant wait to summer to read about the locals going mad at the council because of the smell . Kids also smoke weed and drink alcohol around the swings in my local park , the weed smokers are always nice and say hello when im walking past but the drinkers are always abusive so why not put pig or even dog crap over the swings too lol . What a stupid idea by the council ! stevester

8:32pm Thu 29 Dec 11

nypeasant says...

Stoner Bears' Picnic:

If you go down to the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise
If you go down to the woods today
Tears'll fill smarting eyes
For every piggie that ever there was
Has dumped a load certain because
Today's the day the piggies cancelled picnics

Every stoner who'd been good
Was sure of a treat before
There were lots of marvelous things to smoke
And a wonderful smell in the air
Beneath the trees, where nobody sees
They'd hide and seek as long as they pleased
That's the way stoner bears enjoyed their picnics

Picnic time for stoner bears
The naughty stoner bears were having a lovely time before
Watched them, caught them unawares
You saw them picnic on their holidays
Saw them gaily gad about
They loved, to play and shout, they never had any cares
At six o'clock their mommies and daddies
Would take them home to bed
Because they were tired little stoner bears

But if you go down in the woods today
You better not go alone
It'll reek of Pigs down in the woody glades
So safer to stay at home
For every pig that ever there was
Has dumped a load there only because

Today's the day the piggies cancelled all picnics.
Today's the day the piggies cancelled everyone's picnics.
Stoner Bears' Picnic: If you go down to the woods today You're sure of a big surprise If you go down to the woods today Tears'll fill smarting eyes For every piggie that ever there was Has dumped a load certain because Today's the day the piggies cancelled picnics Every stoner who'd been good Was sure of a treat before There were lots of marvelous things to smoke And a wonderful smell in the air Beneath the trees, where nobody sees They'd hide and seek as long as they pleased That's the way stoner bears enjoyed their picnics Picnic time for stoner bears The naughty stoner bears were having a lovely time before Watched them, caught them unawares You saw them picnic on their holidays Saw them gaily gad about They loved, to play and shout, they never had any cares At six o'clock their mommies and daddies Would take them home to bed Because they were tired little stoner bears But if you go down in the woods today You better not go alone It'll reek of Pigs down in the woody glades So safer to stay at home For every pig that ever there was Has dumped a load there only because Today's the day the piggies cancelled all picnics. Today's the day the piggies cancelled everyone's picnics. nypeasant

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