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'Needles, condoms and excrement': Shrewsbury church wants railings to prevent anti-social behaviour

A church wants permission to add railings around part of its building to prevent anti-social behaviour, with staff "often" forced to clean up drug paraphernalia and even excrement.

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St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury

Grade I listed St Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury has asked Shropshire Council for permission to add the railings around the steps to its subterranean boiler house.

In its application it reveals that the move is designed to prevent the spot being used for anti-social behaviour.

A statement submitted with the plans states: “Unfortunately, this area suffers from antisocial behaviour and trust staff often have to clear up drug needles, condoms and excrement.

“One of the metal spikes to the boiler house gate has been broken off and there have been occasions when people have tried to light fires against the gas meter cupboard doors!