Council bans cheese toasties to stop motorbike gangs

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Forget jail, curfews and community service, the leaders of the people of Bristol believe they have the solution for tackling crime: Ban cheese toasties.

They have been deemed a magnet for antisocial behaviour and the gateway to truancy as councils try to stop locals being terrorised by the young.

The problem of the cheese toasty crooks came to light when a food van owner applied for a licence to operate in the citys Monks Park.

A food vendor has been ordered not to sell cheese toasties (Picture: Getty)
They are believed to attract motorbike gangs to a park in Bristol (Picture: Getty)

Theyve previously been allowed to sell cold food and drinks, but have now been told they wont be allowed to sell cheese toasties over fears of the foods links to bad behaviour.

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Councillor Claire Hiscott also believes it will lure children into skiving off school.

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She said: Its right next to Orchard School, which is a challenging school that sometimes has a problem with keeping kids in school.

They have to have patrols of staff to make sure kids dont walk off site. The lure of a food concession may encourage kids to take a little walk.

People living nearby believe it could become a magnet for antisocial behaviour (Picture: Getty)
The park has been plagued by gangs of motorcycle-riding youths terrorising families in the past (Picture: Getty)

The school has made a lot of effort to encourage healthy eating. We have problems with childhood obesity.

Historically we had antisocial behaviour, not just motorbikes, from young adults gathering with alcohol and causing a disturbance.

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Anything thats going to be a gathering place is likely to bring that back.. Weve managed to eradicate that. Its a nice quiet park.

Planning and development officer Sue Long told the meeting: Were very mindful of what will work within a park.

Were looking to replicate coffee and ice cream rather than a burger or chips van. Thats not something we would consider.

Claire Hiscott, councillor for the Horfield area of the city, said the van could lure secondary school pupils into skiving (Picture: Getty)

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