A GINNEL reknowned for attracting anti-social behaviour has finally been closed.
The strip of land at Cottom Croft, Hemsworth - next to Tesco - had been a blight on the lives of local residents for several years, attracting groups of people drinking and smoking and graffiti.
But thanks to the South East neighbourhood policing team (NPT), it has finally been sealed off.
Hemsworth councillor Sandra Pickin said: “This ginnel has caused local residents many problems over the years. It may have taken time to achieve the closure but there have been many difficulties to overcome not the least of which have been legal issues.
“I would like to thank all those agencies who have helped in bringing a little bit of piece to this corner of Hemsworth.”
Inspector Jackie Turton of the South East NPT, said: “This is a fantastic result and a true reflection of what can be achieved when all partners pull together to tackle a problem.
“I am extremely pleased for the residents who can now have peace and enjoy the environment in which they live”.