Free condoms for dogging couples using Calderdale beauty spot as sex den

A BEAUTY spot is being plagued by people meeting for outdoor sex.

The problem has got so bad at scenic Kirklees Lagoon a health group has even started taping condoms to trees.

Cars can often be seen parking in the middle of the afternoon at the rural fishing spot near Brighouse for occupants to take part in the "dogging and piking" sessions.

Doggers are people who gather in secluded locations for sex in the open or in cars, often with strangers. Pikers are those who go along to watch.

But the unsavoury activities are turning families and anglers away.

The lagoon, near historic Kirklees Hall on the Calderdale-Kirklees boundary, is used by members of the Bradford No1 Angling Association.

Howard Foster, secretary of the angling group, said: "This is a family area where people can bring their children. We don't want to have to see used condoms lying around."

Susan Walker, who owns Junction 25 cafe, near to the beauty spot off Wakefield Road, said: "This has been a problem throughout the 12 months that I have been here. It's a family site and no one wants to see condoms lying around or taped to trees."

Head bailiff at the site, David Summerscales has started logging complaints made by people.

"What you see here is disgusting," he said. "On some occasions there are 30 to 40 condoms lying on the floor. Something needs to be done."

Workers at The Brunswick Centre, Halifax, have been posting condoms up at the site to promote a safer sex environment.

John McKernaghan, manager of the centre, said: "We are a sexual health project and have been working with the police to do with problems at the site.

"We are all about harm and risk minimisation. Any activity at the site is away from anglers."

Martin Summerscales, Calderdale's assistant parks manager for the parks and street scene, said police and council officials knew about the situation.

"The area has been policed for indecent behaviour and the community safety teams have left signs as a warning.

"We are trying to move people away and are hoping to achieve this by making it less secluded. But we will have to wait until the bird nesting period is over."

In February, Scouts and Cubs were plagued by kinky sex enthusiasts using an isolated road near Bradley Wood scout camp near Brighouse. It is less than two miles away from Kirklees Lagoons.

A crackdown was also made at Scammonden Dam. The details of around 400 vehicles were logged during surveillance operations. It followed complaints from residents in neighbouring Deanhead.

Inspector Millie Wheelwright, of Calderdale Police, said: "If criminal activity is ongoing then something needs to be done about it. We take these reports very seriously and people need to be prepared to provide written statements. To make a report contact 0845 6060606."