Nags Head Lane “dogging site” cleaned up
�An outdoor area notorious for being used by strangers meeting for sexual encounters has become the subject of a crackdown.
Part of Tylers Common, Nags Head Lane, near Havering’s border with Brentwood, is now a high priority area for Havering Council’s parks teams and will be subject to increased police patrols.
The area has become a well-known site for “dogging” – slang for engaging in sexual acts in a public or semi-public place or watching others doing so.
A website for “dogging and doggers” describes the site as: “A great place to get naked. Straight, bi, or gay. Some great hiding places to watch others play whilst hidden.”
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Local resident Perry Robinson, 19, who lives on a nearby farm, said: “For many years now it was a well known place to go dogging.
“Once I saw a man pulling up his trousers and getting back in his car. Another time my aunt saw two men at it and they just carried on.”
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He has hailed the new measures as a victory for “people power”, and said the problem seems to have stopped already. He added: “It’s good to see more police down there now.”
Cllr Andrew Curtin, cabinet member for culture, towns and communities, said: “We always listen to our residents and we have made some small changes that have made a big difference at Tylers Common.
“The area is now on a high priority for the Parks Protection Team and the Park Ranger Service and we have cut back the shrubs that secluded the car park.”
A spokesman for Havering Police said: “We will respond to complaints regarding anti-social behaviour.”