DESPERATE residents are pleading for a subway which attracts up to 200 drinking and fighting yobs and regularly floods to be sealed up for good.
Boozing, vandalism, drug abuse and violence around the Victoria Road subway in Runcorn have forced residents to live in constant fear.
In the last year incidents have included: nVandalism of residents' cars. nBroken windows. nDrug dealing. nNoise, shouting and screaming until the early hours. nSyringes found littering the subway.
Stephen McInally, of Victoria Road, said: 'In one incident last year approximately 200 youths congregated in the subway, some from as far a field as Warrington, and a police presence had to be maintained for some weeks to bring the situation under control.'
Six months ago the area was identified as a problem hot spot by Runcorn police.
Sergeant Karen Jaundrill said: 'We put together an operation which included high visibility patrols around the area of the subway.
'A significant number of youths would gather there and there was also a problem with kids on mini mopeds.
'Maybe because of the summer holidays, the problem has picked up again.'
The police now plan to execute a further operation aimed at combating anti social behaviour in and around Victoria Road subway.
The troublesome subway is also regularly plagued by flooding. After heavy rain on Saturday night the walkway was almost entirely submerged in murky stagnant water.
Such flooding is not only a health hazard but renders the subway beneath Spur Road un-usable, forcing pedestrians to find another way of crossing the busy road.
Mr McInally added: 'Many residents wish for the subway to be blocked and an alternative and safer route provided across the expressway.'