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Residents call for action over 'drunken student behaviour'
FED-UP residents are demanding police and university chiefs clamp down on rowdy students who damage and urinate on their property.
Hughenden Avenue residents say they are woken up in the early hours of the morning by loud Buckinghamshire New University students returning to their accommodation after a night on the tiles.
They claim students urinate in their driveways and have broken car wing-mirrors and window-wipers, and want the issue to be taken seriously.
A resident, who asked not to be named, said: "Some people are scared to go out at night.
"We’ve spoken to BNU and requested they install CCTV in Hughenden Avenue and get tough on these students, but they just say ‘call the police’.
"You call police and they’re busy doing other things. We’ve had bottles smashed in the drive and you can imagine the noise as they come past, waking up my children, who you’ve then got to get up and out for school the next day.
"If there’s no CCTV, they should have police or security guards on the route back to the student accommodation on student nights – especially Freshers Week, it’s always the worst week of the year for us."
Thames Valley Police said it would be patrolling the area after receiving complaints from residents.
In a statement, Ruth Gunstone, Director of Student Services at BNU, said: "We are always very sorry to hear of people’s lives being disrupted and do take the matter of our students being good citizens very seriously.
"It’s a great shame that a few thoughtless students can impact on the reputation of the student body as a whole. But it is also important to recognise that not all noisy young people are BNU students."
BNU added a number of initiatives were in place to actively tackle student disturbances, including a shuttle bus service between events and accommodation sites, as well as the instillation of CCTV in Temple End at the cost of the university.
It also operates a ‘Shhh’ campaign, urging students to be quiet when leaving events and actively encourages students to interact with their neighbours. Letters are also sent out.
Students can be evicted from their accommodation or disciplined by the university if anti-social behaviour is proven, Mrs Gunstone added.
The BNU Students Union launched its third Community Guide yesterday - in partnership with TVP, Wycombe District Council and other groups - which aims to promote good community relations.
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