Clear­ing up some­body else’s mess... again

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

Let’s face it the Oxney Road area of Peter­bor­ough has had more prob­lems than most places in the city. From shoot­ings at the trav­ellers’ site to the scan­dal of empty homes at Heron Park and from car crashes to fly­tip­ping, it’s re­cent his­tory does not make for pleas­ant read­ing not least for the long-suf­fer­ing res­i­dents in the area.

The area is back in the news for the wrong rea­son again af­ter a spate of car fires turned a field into a scene re­sem­bling a war zone.

This is not a new prob­lem – a quick look in our archives re­veals car fires in the field dat­ing back to 2009 – but for some rea­son it seems to have reached epi­demic lev­els just re­cently.

Not for the first time, the po­lice re­ac­tion to this law­less be­hav­iour seems puz­zling to say the least.

A spokesman for Cam­bridgeshire con­stab­u­lary said the po­lice have not both­ered to get in­volved be­cause no crime has been re­ported even though in the same breath they ad­mit they are aware of what’s hap­pen­ing in Kabul, er sorry Oxney Road!

It sounds like a big copout (lit­er­ally) to me.

No doubt one rea­son is that all this non-crime has taken place on pri­vate land.

But if the po­lice are aware of it have they checked whether or not any of the cars were stolen? Or per­haps all the cars be­longed to peo­ple who just wanted to toast some marsh­mal­lows. And what about the crim­i­nal dam­age to the land – ie the very se­ri­ous crime of ar­son?

Still let’s be pos­i­tive at least it’s all been cleared up­thanks to the gen­eros­ity of Peter­bor­ough Coun­cil Tax pay­ers.

Once again the author­i­ties have shown them­selves to be ei­ther un­able or un­will­ing, or both, to tackle this sort of be­hav­iour which makes or­di­nary peo­ple de­spair.

Oxney Road has had more prob­lems than most ar­eas of the city, but re­ally these are prob­lems for us all.

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