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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 August, 2003, 09:38 GMT 10:38 UK
Residents' anger at yobs
Residents in a Cornwall town say they are being forced out of their homes because of rowdy students.

People living in part of Falmouth say young people are making their lives a misery by drinking, damaging cars and property, intimidating home-owners and interrupting sleep.

They are now demanding that colleges sort out the problems.

Falmouth College of Arts said it was not just students causing problems but other young people too, but said it would work with all the authorities to work problems out.

We think this is a community issue of law and order
Martin Horacks,
Falmouth College of Arts
Diana Merrit, who lives in the Trelawney Road area, said: "There are parties on the street, people throwing bottles, people paralytic and screaming .

"They've got no respect for people who live in the area."

Another resident, who just wished to be identified as Angela, said she was afraid of how they would react to complaints.

She said: "I feel you would get abuse thrown at you, or you could have your house damaged or your car damaged. Because when they're in a drunken state, they don't care what they're doing."

Angela and her husband are now selling up and said other families have done the same.

People have formed a residents' association, called Cusca, the Cornish word for sleep. According to member John Dudding, that is all they want.

Disciplinary procedures

Mr Dudding says it is time someone took action to ensure locals and students can continue to live side by side. However, he also readily admitted the college is a vital part of the town.

He said: "None of us want to see any new university plans being marred by this kind, but the situation is getting worse and authorities need to get their acts sorted out."

Local police have said they will put more officers on the streets.

Martin Horacks of Falmouth College of Arts said: "We know some students are noisy. But we also know other young people have caused problems.

"We think this is a community issue of law and order and the college will work with all the authorities to work it out.

"If we receive complaints about people who are clearly our students, we can bring them in and, in the last resort, bring in our disciplinary procedures."


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