Spiky bushes planted to stop Quedgeley yobs

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Police said prickly plants "can be a very effective obstruction"

Spiky bushes have been placed in part of Gloucester in a bid to stop anti-social behaviour.

Police planted pyracantha, or firethorn bushes, along the brook behind Bentley Close in Quedgeley in an attempt to prevent youths from congregating there.

A force spokesman said stone-throwing youths had damaged houses and cars during the summer.

Pc Lucy Kay said extra patrols had been introduced, but it was felt "something more long-lasting was needed".

The plants were donated to the Safer Community Team by a local garden centre.

Pc Kay added: "Prickly plants can be a very effective obstruction and deterrent in these situations and should keep people off the patch of land in question.

"We're hopeful the move will have a significant impact."

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