Traders in Bury St Edmunds call for police action over drunks gathering outside town library

The alley of shame in Sergeants Walk, Bury St Edmunds
The alley of shame in Sergeants Walk, Bury St Edmunds
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Independent traders are calling on police to deal with drunks who gather during the day in a walkway by Bury St Edmunds library.

Shop owners have told how they have had to wash away sick in Sergeants Walk, the walkway used by customers as they come from the bus station and car park into St Johns Street.

The alley of shame in Sergeants Walk, Bury St Edmunds

The alley of shame in Sergeants Walk, Bury St Edmunds

“The walkway is used by a lot of elderly people and it is intimidating for them and its not very nice to see,” said one trader.

“A few weeks ago, one lad was so drunk he fell, and banged his head and we had to call an ambulance out for him.”

As we talk she points out the remnants of someone’s excessive drinking cast down a shop wall.

Another St Johns Street trader said: “They are there drinking from the morning, they are there pretty much all day, It is just not nice.”

Both shop owners asked not to be named for fear that their premises could be attacked in retaliation for speaking out.

It is thought that the drinkers may be the same group that used to sit outside Poundland until police moved them on.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Bid4Bury which represents the town centre businesses said: “Nobody has made us aware of this problem.”

He said business support officer Mike Kirkham would speak to the traders and raise the issue with police.

“Recently we had a problem with beggars in Central Walk and I raised the issue with the police who identified it as a priority and have dealt with the problem,” Mr Cordell said.

A police spokesman said they have had no incidents reported over the last couple of months.

He urged businesses to raise the issue at a public meeting at Bury police station in Raingate Street on Wednesday (11) at 7pm when the Bury Central Safer Neighbourhood Team will set its priorities for the next three months.