Wind­screens smashed in yet more van­dal­ism

The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By JAMES HAST­INGS

CARS in a busy Wok­ing­ham street were tar­geted in the lat­est van­dal­ism at­tack.

Over the week­end, wind­screens and win­dows were smashed – some res­i­dents said that this is part of an on­go­ing plague of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour that is blight­ing their street.

And now coun­cil­lors are call­ing for an ur­gent meet­ing with the po­lice in a bid to stamp out the van­dal­ism.

It is not the only anti-so­cial at­tack in the past few days: one wo­man who was in­no­cently shop­ping in a Wok­ing­ham town cen­tre store on Mon­day when she was tar­geted by a gang who sprayed her with cream.

Shop staff rushed to help her clean up, but the wo­man has been left shaken by the or­deal.

THERE are fears the van­dal­ism that struck Wok­ing­ham town cen­tre dur­ing Christ­mas may have spread.

A num­ber of cars in Out­field Cres­cent in Em­brook had their win­dows and wind­screens smashed over the week­end.

A num­ber of res­i­dents who con­tacted The Wok­ing­ham Pa­per re­ported a crowd of teenagers us­ing a bro­ken paving slab to dam­age the ve­hi­cles.

Some lo­cals claimed the in­ci­dent was a one-off while oth­ers said the area has been plagued by anti-so­cial be­hav­iour for some time.

One fed-up res­i­dent in Out­field Cres­cent said: “This has been hap­pen­ing a lot on this street due to the pub­lic foot­path that leads to the bowl­ing al­ley. We have trou­ble ev­ery week­end with teenagers fight­ing in the street late at night.

“There were drug deals go­ing on last Fri­day be­fore the cars were smashed. Noth­ing was stolen from these cars just dam­aged. As res­i­dents we are get­ting fed up and have re­ported this con­stantly to the coun­cil but noth­ing has hap­pened. It has been kept un­der wraps but us res­i­dents think this news should be made pub­lic to high­light the ASBO be­hav­iour that is hap­pen­ing by the bowl­ing al­ley.”

An­other res­i­dent liv­ing nearby added: “There is trou­ble ev­ery other week­end, usu­ally caused by groups of young peo­ple just wan­der­ing around. It is not a nice at­mos­phere and I dread look­ing at my car the morn­ing af­ter in case it has been dam­aged.”

But one lo­cal said they had not per­son­ally seen much anti-so­cial be­hav­iour or van­dal­ism.

“I’m not say­ing it is per­fectly quiet as it can be a bit rowdy at week­ends, but that is com­mon.

“You some­times see crowds of young peo­ple but they might just be go­ing to the bowl­ing al­ley and not caus­ing any trou­ble. If there were more po­lice pa­trols on foot, that would cer­tainly be a deter­rent but I don’t reckon there will be much chance of that hap­pen­ing.”

Coun­cil­lor Philip Mirfin whose ward in­cludes Out­field Cres­cent said he has asked for an ur­gent meet­ing with the po­lice li­ai­son com­mit­tee.

“I haven’t been con­tacted about prob­lems in Out­field Cres­cent although there has been trou­ble over Christ­mas in Nor­reys,” he said.

“I un­der­stand peo­ple’s con­cerns. It is im­por­tant to dis­cover if this was an iso­lated in­ci­dent or some­thing caused by a par­tic­u­lar group.”

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