Vandalism in Chudleigh
We have had a number of incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour reported to us over the last few days. Amongst them are:-
The sculpture at Culver Green has been vandalised, possibly beyond repair.
The Cricket Club had several items of plastic furniture broken.
A resident at Millstream Meadow had three sacks of garbage chucked over her fence
Residents at Palace Meadow reported repeated incidents of anti-social behaviour at the bat garden
Two youths were seen trying car doors in Lawn Drive.
A Walnut tree at Millstream Meadow was ripped out of the ground and destroyed.
Two complaints about anti-social behaviour at the MUGA at Fore Street Park.
I know from the calls I’ve been getting from members of the public that residents are becoming increasingly annoyed by this utterly mindless behaviour. It’s no real consolation but it is clear that this gang are not targeting a particular area of the town, they are behaving equally badly everywhere.
The Town Council has no powers to move people on or apprehend them but we are working closely with the police to build up a strong case against the offenders. They are stretched due to similar problems with youths in Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey. However, the local PCSO, Mark Easton, will be carrying out evening patrols this week and some of you may have seen a police drug sniffer dog patrolling the parks a couple of times this week.
What the police need from you is for you to continue to report all incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour. This needs to be done formally which means either ringing 101 or reporting the crime via the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary website. I recommend the latter. If a serious incident is still in progress then you should ring 999.
Given that a councillor witnessed youths trying car doors in the hope of finding one unlocked then I feel I should advise you to double-check that you have locked your car and have not left any valuables inside the vehicle.