First year Bournemouth University students have come under fire for anti-social behaviour from a central Bournemouth councillor.
Mr David Smith said that recent complaints of litter dropping, noise, graffiti and yobbish behaviour applied to not just students but local residents as well. He added that he felt first years cause the main problems and students need to learn to be more considerate.
Students can’t be blamed for every single incident that is reported, but it seems they do get blamed for a large proportion.
Mr Smith said: “Students on a whole don’t cause crime or serious issues. Students are great people 99% of the time”.
Each year as a new cohort of students arrive, local residents feel that the ongoing cycle of anti-social behaviour problems starts again.
Local resident Linda Small, 67, said: “Each year I notice the students here more and more. They get noisier and nosier and each year more disrespectful. It’s a shame I have to see this as I’ve moved to Bournemouth for a quieter environment during my retirement”.
Mrs Small added how she is happy that Bournemouth is a developing town but wishes that students would embrace this more instead of going out every night and using the town as a place to get drunk.
Despite what local residents have to say, the students seem to still be going out and making the most of their time in Bournemouth with events still taking place every day and ‘Refresher’s Week’ set to kick off in the New Year.