COMMENT: Yes we have a problem, so how do we work together to solve it?
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at The Wokingham Paper, Crown House, 231 Kings Road, Reading RG1 4LS.
We look forward to hearing from you.