- From: "winston" <winston@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 10:55:43 +0100
Some 12 months ago our local parish council raised enough money to createPolice efforts go into attacking the 'naughty' motorists, photographers ,
brand new play area in the village. The usual things - swings, climbing
frames, etc. The entire area was 'paved' with soft crumb rubber 'carpet'
with hop-scotch patterns and footprints' moulded into it. The play park
was surrounded by metal fencing and the gates locked at night.
It was a really nice play area and my wife and I take our grand-daughter
there regularly when she stays.
Of course the inevitable has happened, the local vandals have been in,
spray painted obscenities all over the equipment and the flooring, ripped
huge chunks of the rubber flooring up, and generally trashed the place.
This sort of thing makes my blood boil. You can 'understand' burglary or
shop-lifting because there is something to be gained from it - but wanton
destruction just for the sake of it is beyond me.
Whenever, in my previous occupation, I had to caution youths for vandalism
like this, I always tried to find out just what prompted them to do it.
The usual answer? : "We were just having a laugh..."
Quite frankly, humane destruction is too good for these sort of brainless
etc. Count the number of cyclists riding at 20MPH on a pavement, vandals
such as these, etc.
Selective policing to hit targets and make the figures look good , whilst
'real' crime just goes undetected as not worthwhile to try and investigate.
Doubt if plod will even get off their backsides to investigate , unless
someone goes along to them with names , address's and some mobile phone
shots, then they claim that there is not enough evidence, or not in the
public interest. If they can't even find 'evidence' in the case of
Tomlinson, then there is no hope for those damaging a playground.
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