Residents verbally assaulted in Christchurch underpass

Residents of Christchurch said they were verbally assaulted as they walked through a metro in the city.

Concerned residents have described recurring ‘abusive’ and ‘bullying’ behavior from individuals in the underpass that connects Bargates to the high street.

Three separate incidents of antisocial behavior have been reported to police, all within the past month.

Dorset Police said they were aware of those involved and were working to find a solution.

One of the victims told the Daily Echo she had nightmares following the abuse and found herself ‘virtually housebound’ for fear it could happen again.

They said, “I feel violated and I feel absolutely disgusted.”

Another Christchurch resident, Steve, said he and his neighbor were abused by the individuals. He said: “When I started telling people in the area about it, it seemed like we weren’t the only ones.

“Now some people feel intimidated walking on the subway, and it’s the only way to get into the city.”

A Dorset Police spokesman said: ‘We received a report at 1.30pm on Thursday August 4 of anti-social behaviour, which was reported by a third party and linked to a male member of the public being verbally abused and woman as they walked through a subway near Saxon Square in Christchurch. Investigations into the incident are ongoing.

“We had previously received a report on Tuesday July 12 that a man had been verbally abused at the same location. A local officer who knew the individual believed to be involved was instructed to visit him and give him instructions. tips.

“Another report was received on Monday July 18. Officers attended and conducted a search, but the person involved has not been located.

“Local agents know the people involved, who have complex needs, and we work proactively with our local partners to manage them and find a solution to best meet their needs and reduce the impact of their behavior on the community. local.”

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