Councillor David Cannon, Cabinet Member for Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime, and Public Protection, said: “With the full support of Thames Valley Police and the management of Nicholsons Shopping Centre, we are closing, from tomorrow (Wednesday 24 August), levels five and above of the Nicholsons multi-storey car park to help protect public safety.
“So far this summer, there have been two very dangerous and deplorable incidents of anti-social behaviour there, where heavy objects have been deliberately thrown from the roof level down onto public areas, putting people below at a high risk of serious harm.
“Fortunately, no one was injured on those occasions, but the story could have been tragically different.
“Our Community Wardens and the centre security team have both increased patrols in and around the car park, we’re monitoring CCTV and working with police to seek to identify and tackle the offenders, while recognising a 24/7 officer presence isn’t possible.
“Having liaised with police and centre management, we’ve agreed to immediately remove the risk of a further repeat incident and protect the public by closing the roof level plus the higher levels of the car park which provide numerous access points to the roof.
“Public safety is the top priority, we take a strong stance against anti-social behaviour in all its forms, and I hope our practical and sensible precautionary action will be supported by the community we’re seeking to protect. Those higher levels are rarely used by motorists and the car park is due for redevelopment in due course.
“The lower levels have sufficient capacity to easily accommodate the usual number of users for both short and long stay parking. The higher levels will remain closed for the foreseeable future and we will continue to monitor the situation, maintain increased patrols and continue to work with police.”
Superintendent Mick Greenwood, of Thames Valley Police, said: “Thames Valley Police supports the decision being made to close the higher levels of the cark park in the interest of public safety and preventing harm.
“Working alongside the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, and other partner agencies, we want residents and visitors across Windsor and Maidenhead to feel safe from anti-social behaviour.
“The decision made here shows how strong the partnership stance is against anti-social behaviour in all its forms. Whilst officers may not always be able to attend incidents at the time of the report, we continue to encourage reporting of concerns around anti-social behaviour via 101 or online. Doing so allows us to take appropriate action with our partners.”
If anyone has information to help identify offenders, please contact police on 101, the wardens on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01628 685636, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.