COM­MENT: Yes we have a prob­lem, so how do we work to­gether to solve it?

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

Over the past few months, we have no­ticed a sharp in­crease in re­ports of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour across Wok­ing­ham bor­ough.

Some of the in­ci­dents seem rel­a­tively tame com­pared to oth­ers.

Some of the time you just shrug your shoul­ders and move on.

But be­cause these in­ci­dents are not be­ing re­ported to the po­lice, it be­comes very dif­fi­cult for ac­tion to be taken.

And it be­comes very dif­fi­cult for us at The Wok­ing­ham Pa­per to re­port on what is af­fect­ing you.

Last week, there were re­ports on so­cial me­dia of an alleged car jack­ing at­tempt and an­other car hav­ing a brick thrown at it.

Both are said to have taken place in Lon­don Road, Wok­ing­ham, near St Crispin’s School.

We have no rea­son to doubt that these in­ci­dences took place but our over­stretched po­lice force couldn’t find any ref­er­ence to them on their sys­tems, so a po­ten­tial news story that would help bring van­dals to jus­tice goes un­re­ported.

There are also nu­mer­ous, anec­do­tal, sto­ries about egging at­tacks – where eggs are thrown at cars. In some re­ports, it’s a lucky escape as win­dows are open.

Add in the re­ports of a cat be­ing shot by an air ri­fle, a young teenage cy­clist at­tack­ing a woman in Win­nersh and a racist at­tack in Nor­reys and you have a po­tent mix­ture.

So last week, we asked you for your sto­ries. The in­ci­dents that stick in your mind and a look at pos­si­ble answers to the ques­tions on ev­ery­one’s lips.

Does Wok­ing­ham have a prob­lem with yobs and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour? Yes. But what do we do about it?

This week, we launch our in­ves­ti­ga­tions with a spe­cial se­ries of re­ports. The na­ture of these re­ports will no doubt anger and frus­trate you.

They frus­trate us too.

But we don’t be­lieve that Thames Val­ley Po­lice or Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil are to blame for the in­creased fre­quency.

In­stead, we be­lieve we need to look for so­lu­tions and answers.

We have a prob­lem – but by work­ing to­gether we can find so­lu­tions.

We wel­come your thoughts and com­ments.

You can email, in con­fi­dence, news@wok­ing­ham­pa­ or write to us at The Wok­ing­ham Pa­per, Crown House, 231 Kings Road, Read­ing RG1 4LS.

We look for­ward to hear­ing from you.

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