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  • "I agree behind the 8 ball. The smell of cannabis especially early evening is often overpowering, with dealing often taking place at the gate in Malsis Road within the cars. Also seen Asian youths throwing fireworks onto the bowling green whilst people have been trying to play bowls. The park is littered with empty alcohol cans/bottles and empty take away cartons. The language from the youths who play in the park towards people who are walking through it leaves a lot to be desired. Graffiti about 9/11 being an inside job sprayed on walls, to name but a few issues. Now if I as a local resident can see this, surely the parents of a 9 year old boy should be able to see this which askes the question why would you let your children play in such a place. Of course the council do nothing towards this, I know of a black bin bag full of something that has now been in the middle of a grassed area by the bowling green for sometime that council workers walk past, and I saw this week a council worker who was in the park cutting the grass throwing it under some bushes instead of throwing it in the back of his van."
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Knowle Park residents hit out at irresponsible dog owners

Keighley News: Adil Ali, nine, right, and his father Mastab Ali, second from right, are joined by families in Lund Park worried by attacks and fouling by dogs Adil Ali, nine, right, and his father Mastab Ali, second from right, are joined by families in Lund Park worried by attacks and fouling by dogs

PEOPLE living near Lund Park say some dog owners are letting their animals run wild.

Parents and other residents say an irresponsible minority are endangering youngsters who go to this park to play.

Restaurant owner and Knowle Park resident Mastab Ali said his nine-year-old son, Adil, was attacked by a dog and injured while riding his bike in the park one evening last month. (May)

"He was chased by a dog and fell off his bike," he said. "He sprained his ankle and the dog bit his arm.

"Another boy nearby came to help him and was chased by the same dog, but he managed to run away."

Mr Ali, 39, said his son, a pupil at Holycroft Primary School, was treated at Airedale Hospital that same day, but is now afraid to go to the park by himself.

He added that Adil had seen no sign of the dog's owner, and thought that the animal might have been an Alsatian.

"He's been limping for the last week, but he is recovering, he's about 90 per cent better," he said. "I took him to the park yesterday, but I had to promise I'd be there. He wouldn't go on his own.

"We've been talking to neighbours who say quite a few children have been chased by dogs in the park at different times.

"Some dog owners need to be a bit more responsible, especially when there's young children around."

A spokesman for Keighley Police confirmed officers had been notified of the dog attacking Adil, and urged any witnesses to contact them on the non-emergency police 101 number.

Community campaigner Fulzar Ahmed, 33, who has been approached by people living in Knowle Park, said some dog owners in this area needed to more aware of the potential risks posed by their pets.

He said persistent problems with dog fouling were also an issue.

"I have heard from people who are concerned about their children not being able to play out in the park," he said. "It's a public space, and it should be a safe place for children to go to.

"There is a sign up saying people should clean up after their dogs and leaflets have been given out, but it doesn't seem to be making a difference.

"I've been hearing about the same problems since last year.

"It's important that local people report these things to the authorities, no matter how minor it may seem."

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