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Couples courting trouble in Ally Pally gardens

PUBLISHED: 14:34 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:51 07 September 2010

COURTING couples in Alexandra Park have been warned that their amorous encounters are under scrutiny. Sgt Paul Davies, of the Muswell Hill Safer Neighbourhoods Team, has revealed that police often have to put an end to steamy encounters in the grounds and

COURTING couples in Alexandra Park have been warned that their amorous encounters are under scrutiny.

Sgt Paul Davies, of the Muswell Hill Safer Neighbourhoods Team, has revealed that police often have to put an end to steamy encounters in the grounds and car parks of the 196-acre estate.

"In the summer months it can be quite busy with courting couples," he said. "It happens the majority of nights."

But Sgt Davies also warned that couples who decide to head to the park at night can be victims of crime themselves.

"They are putting themselves at risk if they are not aware of their surroundings," he said. "They need to take more precautions. When we're on patrols, we try to give people the relevant advice.

"If any of the officers see them we talk to them as a preventative measure from becoming victims of crime themselves."

A North View Road resident, who did not want to be named, has seen couples in the park on two separate occasions.

"It made me not want to walk there at night," she said. "I think I would have felt threatened if I was alone. It's quite nasty because some children could walk past."

But Mark Evison, park manager, said it is not something he feels is a problem. "It is not something we regularly find," he said. "It seems the police are dealing with it in a prompt and efficient manner.

"People should always be careful, especially if they are alone.


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