Frustrated residents in Woodford chased off a group of unruly youths after they say police failed to respond.No doubt if they’d harmed any of the little darlings, or even ‘offended or alarmed them’, the police would have been round lickety-split…
The residents, who have been blighted by regular arson and vandal attacks over a six-year period, say they are "sick" of the anti-social behaviour.
Ryan Burrows, a trainee tree surgeon who lives in Reynolds Road, was one of the men who gave chase to the youths on Sunday night.The police response is drawn from the Big Police Handbook of PR:
"The lack of police effort is appalling," said the 18-year-old, whose car had its windscreen and sunroof smashed by youths about two weeks ago.
"We're completely sick of all this. The police don't seem to care.
"As residents we feel like we have to take on the problem ourselves. We just don't want this problem around here."
… Sergeant Paul Laity, neighbourhood team leader, said: "There do not seem to be any major antisocial behaviour issues in this area and I'd like to reassure residents that we have a very low crime levels (sic) in Plympton.*
"We have regular patrols as well as special constables and the police cadets in the area.
"However, we always have a slight increase in antisocial behaviour incident during the school summer holidays, as with most other areas in the force."Translation: ‘Blah blah community blah blah concerns blah blah reassurance blah…‘
Still, perhaps as a result of this news article’s proof that the residents aren’t reassured and do have a problem with
The police are organising a 'diversionary' event entitled 'Beat the Beat' for young people in Plympton this Friday at 1pm.
Young people will be able to challenge police officers on a range of events including a bucking bronco, football, ping pong and Band Hero.Oh, give me strength…!
* Yes, if that name sounds familiar, it's the place where the authorities couldn't give a hoot about criminals and vandals, but do get in a bit of a bate about men taking owls for a walk...