Clampdown call on Leeds ‘pyjama shoppers’

Bramley Shopping Centre.
Bramley Shopping Centre.
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A community campaigner credited with cleaning up her estate has a new mission - to clamp down on pyjama shoppers and clean up her local precinct.

Bev Doughton, who has won praise for her work reducing anti-social behaviour in the Moorside area of Bramley, wants bosses at the town’s shopping centre to take action to get more people shopping locally.

And she says it starts with bringing back a little civic pride, by ensuring people at least get dressed in the morning before they come out.

“My impression is that it’s not pleasant,” Mrs Doughton told a community meeting on Thursday.

“It does not appeal when you see people walking around in pyjamas and the kids are in there effing and spitting.

“We need to get it so it’s welcoming and appealing for people to come in. Make them get dressed and that would be a good start.”

Supermarket giant Tesco already has a national policy banning people from shopping in their pyjamas after complaints that they were making other customers feel uncomfortable.

Some stores even had signs asking people to dress “appropriately” in order to “avoid causing offence or embarrassment to others”.

The instructions included “footwear must be worn at all times and no nightwear is permitted”

Mick Carr, store manager at Bramley’s Tesco, said he had never had to ban anyone from the store because of their dress, but staff had on occasion “challenged people” and encouraged them not to wear nightwear or, in the summer, go topless.

Speaking of wider attempts to draw more people into the precinct, Paul Smith, manager of Bramley Shopping centre, said efforts to make it more attractive were ongoing.

This included planting new flowerbeds and shrubs near the entrance.

He said plans for a redevelopment of the empty Viewpoint building are still being discussed. The opening of a new Indian takeaway has also given the centre a boost.

The recent first ever Christmas lights switch-on for the town had also raised community spirit, drawing a crowd of more than 2,000, Mr Smith said.

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