Nutfield Marsh beauty spot being 'desecrated' by antisocial behaviour, residents warn
A COMMUNITY says it is coming under attack by warring gangs who are "desecrating" a beauty spot with bonfires, illegal boxing bouts and rowdy behaviour.
In the last 12 months, residents in the Nutfield Marsh area say a horse has been killed in a hammer attack, burglaries have taken place, a van has been torched, and men have been seen performing sex acts on themselves.
At the weekends, it has been reported that crowds congregate on the marsh, lighting bonfires, and holding boxing matches.
The marsh is understood to have become a hub for antisocial behaviour following an increase in the number of horses grazing there.
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Penny Appel-Billsberry, landlady of the Inn on the Pond pub in Nutfield Marsh Road, blames much of the trouble on travellers.
She said: "I found the body of a pregnant horse killed in a hammer attack a few months ago."
Penny said she had to bar a group of travellers from the pub as they were urinating and defecating behind doors, dismantling the plumbing under the urinals and breaking things.
"One of my barmaids had the back window of her car smashed with a catapult as she drove away from the pub," she said.
"It scared her half to death and she was heavily pregnant at the time.
"On top of this all the cottages here have been burgled in the last six weeks."
Penny added: "I'll have a beer garden full of families and they'll be getting the stallions to mate with the mares, having boxing matches and flashing at members of the public and performing sex acts on themselves. It is definitely getting worse."
Keith Bouracier, of the Nutfield Marsh Conservation Group, said: "The marsh is a protected area and it is being desecrated. The people who live alongside the marsh have suffered foul language and abusive behaviour, and whenever there's a confrontation between a resident and one of the travellers, something happens soon after.
"One resident had their work van torched and a lot of garden sheds have been broken into. And I know that one family is seriously considering moving house."
One resident too afraid to give a name said: "People are very frightened. If I gave my name, my house would get torched.
"There's a lot of rubbish dumped and they also light bonfires. At weekends you'll get a crowd turn up in about 10 vans. The language is appalling and they drive all over the marsh."
Nutfield neighbourhood officer PC James Green said: "We regularly monitor the area surrounding the marsh with help from other units at Surrey Police including the roads policing units.
"I would encourage anyone who has concerns surrounding antisocial behaviour in the area to contact officers at the Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 who would be happy to address these."