Shocking CCTV footage recorded outside LetDirect on Old Christchurch Road in Bournemouth in the early hours of October 9 shows a young man attacking the window for almost four minutes.
The video shows him violently kicking and punching at the glass, throwing what appears to be a brick before leaving the shot, only to reappear a minute later holding a ladder. He can then be seen charging at the shop front with the ladder, swinging at it 19 times.
The window had to be replaced at a cost of £1,200. The man was arrested by police and he admitted to causing the damage.Wow, something even the police couldn’t scr…
However, he was not charged or given a caution. Instead police suggested a community resolution agreement, which unlike a caution does not result in a criminal record.Wait, ‘agreement’..?
Well, if the business owner is happy with that, what’s the problem?
A spokesman for Dorset Police initially told the Daily Echo that the owner, Ersan Turay, had signed the agreement allowing the vandal to walk free.
She said he had agreed to community resolution and accepted a £125 payment from the man responsible for the damage.See? It’s entirely up to the business owner, and if he’s hap..
After Mr Turay furiously denied this, the police spokesman admitted no paperwork had been signed - but insisted the agreement was made verbally and that Mr Turay had “made a mistake.”Riiiiight…
“Nobody from the police has ever come to see me – it’s all been done over the phone and by email. I had never even heard of community resolution.”Whoops!
You’d think the police would have a pretty good grasp of what can (and cannot) be proved, wouldn’t you?
The confusion was caused because another property rented out by Mr Turay on Windham Road had sustained £125 of criminal damage in a separate incident.
Mr Turay received a call from an officer who asked him to send an invoice for the cost of the damage of the Windham Road property, which he did.
But the officer thought the quote for damage was for the window in Old Christchurch Road instead.And the fact that one person has had two claims of criminal damage (and therefore, the local yobs ought not to be let off with a caution) flew right over the head of the budding Poirot, I suppose?