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Family's complaints over bus stop

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Reading family want bus stop moved

A family who have endured nights of disturbed sleep due to drunken students at a bus stop outside their home say their pleas for help have been ignored.

The Wigmore family resorted to using CCTV to capture anti-social behaviour at the 24-hour bus stop outside their Reading home in Berkshire.

Despite sending the footage to a number of organisations concerned, the family said nothing has been done.

Reading Buses, which operates the route, said the stop is likely to stay.

Crowds of students from the University of Reading are tempted into town by offers of cheap drinks.

From nearby student accommodation they use the 17 route in Wokingham Road.

CCTV of bus stop
CCTV shows crowds of students at the bus stop in Wokinghamd Road

Ros Wigmore, who owns the house in Wokingham Road, said: "I've put the children to bed and I know that in an hour's time they are going to be coming down saying there is noise outside.

"Sometimes there are crowds of 30 people if not more and it's going on throughout the evening.

He husband Simon Wigmore added: "Although the bus stop was here before we moved in we've found that the problem has got worse.

"I think they need to move the bus stop, it is like the Albert Hall."

Police said new drink restriction zones in Reading, due to come into force next month, should ease the problem.

Reading Buses said it was unlikely to move the bus stop.

James Freeman, from the bus company, said: "Whatever we do it will have to stay somewhere in the vicinity and if it is not outside this house then it will be outside someone else's house."

Anne Westgarth of the University of Reading, said: "I'm very disappointed that it [anti-social behaviour] has persisted given the amount of effort we have put in to reminding students about being responsible."

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