Police were called to a gym in Forest of Dean after reports of intimidating behaviour last night.
The incident occurred just after 8pm in the car park area of Forest of Dean Gymnastics Centre near Berry Hill.
A woman from Berry Hill was exiting the building with her friend after attending a class at the gym.
When the two women entered their car and proceeded to drive out, they were followed by a car which was flanked by a group of young men in their teens.
The young men approached and surrounded the woman’s vehicle to block her and her friend from leaving the car park.
The woman, who does not wish to be named, said that they were banging loudly on the windows.
She said: “They kept trying to make eye contact and scare us but we did not engage.”
They did not try to enter the car but the group lingered in the way until the woman eventually got a space to drive off.
The young man in the car behind them then followed her and her friend out of the car park and for some time after along the road.
Both women are safe and unharmed by the incident and although they said it was “shocking”, neither of them engaged with the boys.
“It’s just about making people aware of the situation in the area,” the woman told Gloucestershire Live.
Lynn Hammersley, manager at Forest of Dean Gymnastics Centre, said that this is the first time an incident like this has happened at the gym.
She said: “We’ve never had any problem like this before.
“It was a group of lads larking around so I think people need to get this in perspective.”
She said that the gym has asked staff to park elsewhere for the next week or so.
As the gym is opposite Five Acres High School, she has also contacted the local police to ask them to provide extra security in the area.
The incident was reported to the police who have released a statement: “Gloucestershire Constabulary has received two reports of a suspicious incident in the car park at Five Acres School, Coleford on Tuesday night (5 March).
“At about 8pm there was a group of teenagers or young men in the car park who intimidated visitors to the facility.
“The teenagers did not make physical contact with the complainants and no-one was injured.
“We would urge anyone who experiences similar incidents to report them to the police, and anyone who has information about this incident to call 101 quoting incident 472 of 5 March.”
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