Police warn Gorse Hill youths to end anti-social behaviour at park

This Is Wiltshire: Tom Fryszka and Stacey McGarry, who have been part of the police force dealing with youths causing trouble in St Mark’s Rec in the late evenings Tom Fryszka and Stacey McGarry, who have been part of the police force dealing with youths causing trouble in St Mark’s Rec in the late evenings

GROUPS of youths reported to be hanging around drinking in a park late at night have been warned by police to curb their bad behaviour.

Community officers from the Gorse Hill neighbourhood policing team say they have received several reports of late-night drinking, littering and starting fires, by large groups of youngsters in St Mark’s Recreation Ground.

In one incident a group of teens were even reported to be taking random shots at passers by with a BB gun. The culprits are yet to be identified.

PC Stacey McGarry, the community beat manager for the area, said police have stepped up patrols in the area and have urged residents nearby to be vigilant and report any incidents to them when they happen.

She said: “We are having some issues at the park and residents have reported to us there are youths drinking late at night and being anti-social. “I know residents are taking it upon themselves to clear up the mess.

“It’s a meeting place for young people from Rodbourne, Gorse Hill, Pinehurst and the town centre and those causing the trouble are aged from in their early teens up to the early 20s.

“It’s a lovely park and one of the main issues is littering.

“They can also be intimidating to people walking through the park when it is dark. “We have put extra patrols in place and have asked Swindon Council about the possibility of installing more lighting.

“I would urge people to contact us when they see or hear anti-social behaviour going on so we can react quickly.”

Kate Mawer, 59, who often picks up beer bottles and cans which have been discarded by the group, said she hoped the youths would respect the park and its neighbours.

She said: “They are not bad kids really but I just wish they would respect that other people use the park too.

“It’s always been such a nice place to have nearby and I take my grandkids there all the time.

“But the littering and the boozing is like nothing I’ve seen there before. “Sometimes they kick the bins open and take the aluminium bit out to start a fire inside it and they do smash bottles against the fences.

“I go round picking the bottles up and can easily collect quite a few bags full.

“It is a shame you have to tidy it up before you feel you can take your grandson to play or your dog for a walk.”

Anyone with any information about incidents in the park, or who witnesses anti-social behaviour there should contact the Gorse Hill policing team on the 101 number.

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10:54am Wed 17 Oct 12

MrBstard says...

Scum
Scum MrBstard

11:38am Wed 17 Oct 12

Even Angrier Monkey says...

The warning via the local paper to as yet unidentified yoofs will really get them running scared.
The warning via the local paper to as yet unidentified yoofs will really get them running scared. Even Angrier Monkey

12:25pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Davey Gravey says...

Send in coppers regularly. Stop and search all youths in the area. Scum like that will soon trip themselves up
Send in coppers regularly. Stop and search all youths in the area. Scum like that will soon trip themselves up Davey Gravey

12:50pm Wed 17 Oct 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

How have they been warned when they have yet to be identified?
How have they been warned when they have yet to be identified? LordAshOfTheBrake

2:18pm Wed 17 Oct 12

rich37 says...

why isnt there anywhere for the kids to go get them interested in things i.e youth clubs get them building things go carts interact with the kids the amount of money that is wasted by our council a scheme could easily be set up
why isnt there anywhere for the kids to go get them interested in things i.e youth clubs get them building things go carts interact with the kids the amount of money that is wasted by our council a scheme could easily be set up rich37

6:50pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Oliver Dummassie says...

If a scheme was set up they wouldn't use it.
No fun for them if it's allowed and legal
If a scheme was set up they wouldn't use it. No fun for them if it's allowed and legal Oliver Dummassie

9:19pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Gerequois says...

Words from 1959 - it was right then, and it's still right now....

"Northland College Principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth:

'Always we hear the cry from teenagers "What can we do, where can we go?"

'My answer is this: Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you've finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun.

'The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in sickness and lonely again. In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important, you are needed. It's too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you!' "
Words from 1959 - it was right then, and it's still right now.... "Northland College Principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth: 'Always we hear the cry from teenagers "What can we do, where can we go?" 'My answer is this: Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you've finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. 'The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in sickness and lonely again. In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important, you are needed. It's too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you!' " Gerequois

9:34pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Oliver Dummassie says...

That's beautiful. Made me smile
That's beautiful. Made me smile Oliver Dummassie

7:02am Thu 18 Oct 12

swindondad says...

Gerequois,

I love the quote.

If only people (young and old) would follow that advice we would all be so much happier.
Gerequois, I love the quote. If only people (young and old) would follow that advice we would all be so much happier. swindondad

9:09am Sat 20 Oct 12

Always Grumpy says...

Gerequois wrote:
Words from 1959 - it was right then, and it's still right now....

"Northland College Principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth:

'Always we hear the cry from teenagers "What can we do, where can we go?"

'My answer is this: Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you've finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun.

'The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in sickness and lonely again. In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important, you are needed. It's too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you!' "
Fantastic.
[quote][p][bold]Gerequois[/bold] wrote: Words from 1959 - it was right then, and it's still right now.... "Northland College Principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth: 'Always we hear the cry from teenagers "What can we do, where can we go?" 'My answer is this: Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you've finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. 'The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in sickness and lonely again. In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important, you are needed. It's too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you!' "[/p][/quote]Fantastic. Always Grumpy

12:35pm Mon 22 Oct 12

rich37 says...

how many kids do you have gerequois how about you oliver sounds like your just taring every kid in the same way the amount of money wasted by our council could be spent on a scheme that involves young and old that brings them closer together that the old teach the young that is fully funded just sounds like your answer to the problem is the same as the councils just move them on as long as there not outside your house
how many kids do you have gerequois how about you oliver sounds like your just taring every kid in the same way the amount of money wasted by our council could be spent on a scheme that involves young and old that brings them closer together that the old teach the young that is fully funded just sounds like your answer to the problem is the same as the councils just move them on as long as there not outside your house rich37

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