Stately home dogging hotspot: Police say they are aware
PUBLISHED: 11:50 19 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:50 19 April 2013
SORDID sex romps have been taking place in woodland on the Brocket Estate, in the shadow of the stately home.
After a tip-off from a sickened resident, the WHT visited the site next to a lay-by off Marford Road, in Lemsford, and an array of discoveries were made in the undergrowth.
There, littered amongst the trees and bushes, were scores of condom wrappers, used condoms, lubricant sachets, rubber gloves and a discarded Viagra packet.
There were even two mattresses which were laid next to a bottle of what appeared to be urine, dumped on the floor of the site.
After the WHT reported fears over WGC becoming a dogging hotspot two weeks ago, a disgusted resident suggested: “Try patrolling that lay-by on Marford Road that backs onto Brocket Park.
“The footpath down to the river and the woods are littered with sexual paraphernalia – grim.”
Initially, the site was believed to be a ‘dogging’ location, but police believe it is used for gay ‘cruising’.
The site was listed on website cruisinggays.com, which has a review of the location.
It read: “Parking area with public foot path into woods.
“All ages and types.
“Very active during spring and summer between noon-2pm and 5pm-7pm.”
But it helpfully warns: “Watch out for dog walkers and courting couples.”
Brocket Hall’s general manager John Keating admitted he was powerless to stop people gaining access to the area.
He told the WHT: “The police are aware of this area, and although we do not own the lay-by area and cannot stop people accessing the estate via the footpaths, we work with the police as and when they request to help deter this issue.
“We hope that the police can continue their work to reduce the anti-social behaviour and will continue to support their efforts as and when requested.”
A police spokesman said: “We are aware of it as a gay cruising site.”
He added: “Police conduct regular patrols and have posted signs in the area in order to discourage anti-social behaviour.
“The site is popular among members of the public and the signs are there to remind all visitors that any anti-social or criminal behaviour will not be tolerated.”
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