Yobs strike at landmark

This Is Wiltshire: Cllr Isabel Martindale with the vandalised steps at Victory Field Photo: Trevor Porter (41091) Cllr Isabel Martindale with the vandalised steps at Victory Field Photo: Trevor Porter (41091)

BRADFORD on Avon Town Council are appealing to yobs who keep vandalising landmarks in the town’s Victory Field to show a little respect.

Over the weekend, railings and concrete steps were ripped out of the ground, with damage expected to cost hundreds of pounds to repair.

It follows a number of incidents of vandalism in recent years, including to the pavilion, which have cost the town council more than £1,000 to fix.

Town councillor Isabel Martindale, chairman of the Bradford on Avon Sports Association, said: “This frustrates me so much, as the actions of the minority are having a big effect on the taxpayer as we keep on having to pay for issues out of our control.

“I cannot think how we can create a deterrent to stop this kind of thing from taking place in the future. As a town we’ve had a great summer because of the Olympic Torch Relay coming to Bradford on Avon and Ed McKeever’s gold medal win and you’d hope that would create civic pride.”

A plaque commemorating the hard work of the sports association’s previous chair Ken Evill, who died in February last year, is due to be unveiled at the pavilion. The ceremony may now be postponed until after the repairs.

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4:24pm Sat 22 Sep 12

weasels ripped my flesh says...

As a yob I am outraged that Bradford Council, and the WT, have, without any evidence, accused yobs of this wanton damage. By definition we may be aggressive, violent even, but not all of us commit to mindless desruction of property. That, my friends, is the exclusive domain of the vandal. So I would remind the Council that not all yobs are vandals, and not all vandals are yobs.
As a yob I am outraged that Bradford Council, and the WT, have, without any evidence, accused yobs of this wanton damage. By definition we may be aggressive, violent even, but not all of us commit to mindless desruction of property. That, my friends, is the exclusive domain of the vandal. So I would remind the Council that not all yobs are vandals, and not all vandals are yobs. weasels ripped my flesh
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2:33am Sun 23 Sep 12

beetawix says...

The councillor is quoted on "issues out of our control" and "how can we create a deterrent".
The "issues" need to be tackled if they are not to continue. Bradford has much experience in standing about watching for errant lorry drivers. Maybe this experience could be used to instigate a vandal watch. Granted something more potent than a clipboard and pen might be necessary for defense but the local bobbies could be summoned, photos taken or at the very least they could be chased off.
The councillor is quoted on "issues out of our control" and "how can we create a deterrent". The "issues" need to be tackled if they are not to continue. Bradford has much experience in standing about watching for errant lorry drivers. Maybe this experience could be used to instigate a vandal watch. Granted something more potent than a clipboard and pen might be necessary for defense but the local bobbies could be summoned, photos taken or at the very least they could be chased off. beetawix
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