Cornish football club employs perimeter fence in fight against antisocial behaviour

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Against the backdrop of heightened security at football grounds across Europe following the Paris attacks in November, a Cornish club is waging a war of its own against a surge in antisocial behaviour. Bodmin Town FC in Cornwall, who have seen a huge increase in instances of intrusion and vandalism on their land in recent months, are planning to increase security by erecting a large perimeter fence around their ground.

Drug paraphernalia found on the pitch.

Security at Bodmin Town FC, who play in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division, has been a longstanding issue, with vandals and antisocial groups finding easy access to the pitches at night. Empty cans and bottles, broken glass and drug paraphernalia are regularly discovered by ground staff when they arrive on-site in the morning. Recently, a used syringe was found when a club steward was emptying a bin on the site. In addition, the pitches at Priory Park are regularly fouled upon by dogs, and the club’s new snack hut has been vandalised, creating an unsafe and unhygienic environment for players and spectators alike. All this means that the perimeter security fencing really cannot arrive soon enough.

Mesh fencing to secure the site

From a risk management perspective, a perimeter fence is an obvious solution to these recent antisocial issues. The Environment Agency had expressed concerns that such fencing could pose a flooding risk to local houses due to a nearby dam; however, the club’s planners have now planned all structures to be built well away from the watercourse in question. Funded in part by a £65,000 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, the 2.4-metre high mesh fencing can now be erected to properly secure the grounds and stop any hazardous items ending up on the pitch. The new perimeter fencing will also ensure that Bodmin Town’s grounds comply fully with Football League security rules around perimeter pitch protection, as well as allowing its grandstand and seating areas to remain free from vandalism.

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About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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