A B&B owner in Bournemouth has campaigned for better security on her road, describing it as a “hotspot for antisocial behaviour”.

Lucy Bright, owner of The Ashleigh, said Southcote Road has a lot of drug dealing and use, as well as prostitution, and said the council has put up CCTV warning signs outside her B&B without any cameras.

She said: “The council has put up these signs directly outside my business but have not actually put up any CCTV cameras.

“The police have been lovely and understanding as I am having to call them every single day.

“There is a petition to tackle the antisocial behaviour on the street because there is not enough being done.

“I don’t feel safe here on my own, I am hoping the council put up CCTV cameras up along the street.”

The petition calls for BCP Council to work with Dorset Police to tackle the antisocial behaviour.

It also calls for stricter enforcement, regular checks of halfway houses and council tenants, more CCTV, more foot patrols, more police visibility and more dispersal notices.

Lucy continued: “Something needs top be done not just by the council but by Dorset Police.

“This issue has been going on for 20 years and there needs to be more work done between the council and the police.”

A spokesperson for BCP Council said: “Keeping people safe in our local communities is a top priority, and we can confirm that there are in fact four CCTV cameras at Southcote Road monitoring the area at various locations.

“We acknowledge that there are some outdated signs on Southcote Road, which still displays the name of the preceding authority.

“We must display signage where CCTV is in operation. This means that signs will remain in place until a replacement programme has been arranged.

“A deployable camera is also in place at the junction with Gardens View and local residents were consulted and informed when it was installed.

“We will continue to work closely with Dorset Police to find appropriate solutions to prevent and tackle anti-social behaviour and crime locally.’’

Neighbourhood sergeant Nick Lee, of Dorset Police, said: “We are fully aware of the ongoing issues in the Southcote Road area.

“Our officers are working tirelessly to target and disrupt anti-social and drug-related behaviour there by carrying out proactive patrols.

“I would like to reassure members of the community that we are working closely with our partner agencies in a bid to reduce this behaviour.

“We want to ensure that residents feel safe while they are in the area and would encourage members of the public to report any concerns to us and we will make every effort to act on information received and use it to help gain an understanding of current issues.”