New campaign to boost harmony

Be better neighbours!That's the message to immigrant workers involved in a culture clash with villagers - and who are now set to have special sessions to teach them manners and how to behave in England.

TRIMLEY: Be better neighbours!

That's the message to immigrant workers involved in a culture clash with villagers - and who are now set to have special sessions to teach them manners and how to behave in England.

Villagers have been left angry at some of the workers getting drunk, fighting and spitting in the street.

Interpreters are to work with the workers currently staying and new arrivals to try to explain the culture differences and what is and what is not acceptable to help everyone live in harmony.

The workers live at the Seven Oaks hostel for foreign workers in Church Lane, Trimley St Mary, and residents have been increasingly anxious about the activities of those staying at the property.

The Felixstowe Safer Neighbourhood Team and Suffolk Coastal housing and legal officers have been working closely with hostel owners Larry Graham and his wife to deal with problems.

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Trimley parish and district councillor Graham Harding said: “We have had a number of problems over the past 18 months and the problems impacting on the community have gone on and on.

“My understanding is sometimes there are up to 50 people living there and we had a complaint that one Sunday at 8am there was a fight in a neighbour's driveway.

“Spitting is a big problem too and many people are unhappy about it, though it might be acceptable on the continent.

“The interpreters will help them understand the British way of life and hopefully stabilise the community there.”

Parish and district councillor Richard Kerry said: “It's a clash of cultures - they do things which are normal to them but not to us.”

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