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Sex visitors 'ruining' Lincolnshire beauty spot Stapleford Wood

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 09, 2012

  • Illicit liaisons: Locals say strangers meet up to have sex in cars or in the woodland at Stapleford Wood, near Lincoln

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A popular beauty spot has been ruined by strangers meeting up to have sex, according to people living nearby.

Up to 40 cars a day park up at Stapleford Wood, south of Lincoln.

The drivers – usually in smart business clothes and expensive cars – disappear into the wood for sexual liaisons.

When they drive off, they leave behind condoms, pornography and knickers, which is now deterring families from visiting the woods.

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As well as strangers meeting for sex, another problem for the authorities is "dogging", where people turn up to watch others having sex.

North Kesteven District Council tried to tackle the problem with a day of action at the woods.

Boulders were also put in parking and turning areas to put off the "doggers" at the Forestry Commission-owned site.

Police patrols have also increased, but locals say the issue has got so bad they now don't even bother reporting it.

Ray Philips, county councillor for the area, said: "People now don't want to go there.

"It is really getting out of hand. There is a constant stream of cars. I think the concern is the Forestry Commission don't seem too concerned about it."

The problem has grown because many dogging websites name Stapleford Wood as a popular place to meet up.

And the activity is not just at night-time. Even in daylight hours, the drivers are meeting up. One resident, who asked not to be named, said: "We used to make complaints to the police but there is no point any more. It's quite intimidating when there are a lot of them. They sit there staring at you.

"It's sordid. I used to take my granddaughter there but I wouldn't do that now. You don't know what you will find, or who you might find."

When the Echo visited the woods we saw luxury cars, people emerging from the undergrowth and groups congregating around vehicles.

Two men in smart clothes were seen leaving the wooded area, off the main paths, together and returning to separate cars.

Inspector Mike Jones, of Lincolnshire Police, said efforts to block up popular parking spots had been an effective deterrent.

"We're having as much success as anyone else in the country in dealing with this problem," he said.

Nigel Lowthrop, owner of nearby social enterprise Hill Holt Wood, wants to take over management of the forest. He thinks this would help curb the problem.

"It's got worse," he said. "It's horrendous. It puts off a lot of parents and you wouldn't expect children to go there."

Richard Darn, a spokesman for the Forestry Commission, said the body was taking steps to improve the situation.

He said: "I think it's a case of working hard at this but I don't think there is a magic bullet.

"No-one can be there 24/7 to patrol a woodland that size."

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  • peak3  |  August 13 2012, 5:45PM

    ohhhh sex outdoors in the summertime sounds very nice especially over the bonnet of a car, dogging or whatever its called is an unusual way of pleasure but however its harmless & hurts nobody (not unless people like it that way depending who you are) & im lead to believe it is a night time shenanigan, i say let people have some fun provided it is discreet but now its all out in the open (well done the echo once again, not.) people will find a way until it gets political look how long it took for the naturist beach to become available?

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  • Participant52  |  August 13 2012, 4:59PM

    This is the result of ill advised action by the authorities. Before the "day of action" the folks involved were out of sight near the flagpoles and nowhere near the main car park. But blocking up parking and turning spots has driven them into areas where the general populace go. What a mistake! There are woodland site in Notts where such things are tolerated and people who want to avoid it can do so - and those who want to play can also do so without causing a problem

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  • moocher1  |  August 12 2012, 4:25PM

    bobkipuzz, i think you'll find the majority of the sexual activities that do go on there are actually same sex...........i.e. men. So save yourself the time and don't bother

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  • bobkippuz  |  August 12 2012, 11:08AM

    Can anyone give me the exact place, time and what type of birds are on show? Just so I know exactly where not to go to today and other days thank you

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  • Dumb_Numpty  |  August 11 2012, 8:19AM

    "I think you may have missed my point MC Donald, currently it is not compulsory for people to give up their DNA to add to the national database. These people are freely throwing theirs around. If the information is then published to become public knowledge that the Police are collecting this, then it may put some people off" Yeah, they could start doing the same with discarded cigarette butts, drinks containers and chewing gum too. And why limit it to Stapleford Woods? In no time at all, things could be like the good ole days in the Eastern Bloc and what's not to love about that? "Just start taking down the car reg numbers and post them on a website" What's your car reg number MrsBW? It's just that I'd like to post in on a website I'm creating, alongside some veiled accusations of wrong-doing that I have absolutely no proof of.

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  • moocher1  |  August 10 2012, 6:32PM

    Took my dogs for a run down there not so long ago, hadn't even turned off my engine before i was approached and propositioned by a bloke.................now if it had been a blonde aged about 21 with a lovely body i may have been tempted but no such luck

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  • gsx1100  |  August 10 2012, 3:51PM

    If a food van was there, would the proprietor be a hot dogger?

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  • vendetta2011  |  August 10 2012, 2:49PM

    99 percent of people have probably never heard of the place untill now. I expect condom machines and a food van to be there by the weekend ;)

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  • muscadet  |  August 09 2012, 11:24PM

    Just wondering why they call it "dogging". Are any animals involved in all of those shenanigans?

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  • wasonlysaying  |  August 09 2012, 8:30PM

    Thanks for the info, i was getting bored with my curret spot. Now, where's that TomTom?

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