Multiple fights, violence and anti-social behaviour has led to the closure of a bus station waiting room in a Suffolk town. 

West Suffolk Council has confirmed that from November 1, the waiting room at Bury St Edmunds bus station will be shut to the public. 

It follows months of issues which has been plaguing the area since March, including fighting, anti-social behaviour and criminal damage. 

East Anglian Daily Times: The bus station has been plagued by anti-social behaviourThe bus station has been plagued by anti-social behaviour (Image: Newsquest)

Cllr David Taylor, cabinet member for operations, said: “I’ve no doubt that sitting in that bus station waiting room with punch ups and other violence taking place can not only be extremely intimidating but can cause many people fear and anxiety.

“West Suffolk Council has been working to support the police in dealing with ongoing issues of  fighting, anti-social behaviour, shoplifting and criminal damage at the waiting room since March this year.

“Our own CCTV room has alerted police to incidents and provided evidence. And the police have told us they’ve been carrying out regular patrols of the area and issued dispersal orders.

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“But sadly, the issues have continued. That is why, with a heavy heart I have made the decision to close the waiting room. We will, however, keep the public toilets open and we will continue to do all that we can to support Suffolk Constabulary in tackling these incidents.”

In a bid to stop the persistent problems, Suffolk police increased patrols and dispersal orders.

Bury St Edmunds police inspector Andy Beeby, said: “Reports of fighting, shoplifting, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour have all persisted, and we want to ensure our community feels safe and confident in reporting this issue to us.

"We do not underestimate the negative impact it has on residents, including their mental well-being."

The public toilets at the site will remain open.