Picnic site to stay shut

A SUFFOLK picnic site off the A14 is set to remain closed until authorities figure out a way of preventing the return of doggers.

A SUFFOLK picnic site off the A14 is set to remain closed until authorities figure out a way of preventing the return of doggers.

The Haughley picnic site, near Stowmarket was closed last month after rangers discovered the area was being used for kinky activities.

It is understood the area is known as a place to go for groups keen on certain types of sexual behaviour including “dogging” - where couples have sex in public.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council today revealed a report into preventing dogging at the site would be completed in the near future.

She said: “The report contains different proposals about making sure it doesn't happen again.

“The site ranger has been working closely with police and the parish council and once the report is completed they can sit down, discuss it and take forward the proposals.

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“Until then the site will remain closed because we want to make sure we go about it in the right way when we open it again.

“We don't want people to come back and use it for dogging.

“We hope we can get it open as soon as possible so families and schools can come without the worry of seeing something they shouldn't.”

Haughley picnic site was the first of two locations in the county to be flagged up as suspected dogging sites last month.

The closure of the site was followed by an Ipswich man calling for action at the Bridge Wood Car Park at Orwell Country Park.

He claimed was regularly being used for open air orgies.

Weblink: www.suffolk.gov.uk

Dogging is a broad term to describe any outdoor sexual activity

It involves exhibitionism and voyeurism with the voyeurs mainly being men and the exhibitionists mainly being couples or women who may invite others to join in

Dogging is a fairly new phenomena, with it first being reported in 2003

The popularity of dogging has increased rapidly due to the internet with thousands of people joining web groups and keeping in touch about meetings and locations by phone

Former footballer Stan Collymore famously confessed to dogging following an exposé by a national newspaper

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