Vandals return to plague estate

A HOUSING estate is desperately in need of more volunteers to help curb antisocial behaviour which is once again on the increase

A HOUSING estate is desperately in need of more volunteers to help curb antisocial behaviour which is once again on the increase.Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for Preanes Green, John Pursey, says a small number of youngsters in the area are causing big problems.He says vandals are ripping down signs and putting knives through tyres. More Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators are needed for the different areas around the estate to help stamp out the problems. He said: "I took my dog for a walk and saw children trying to pull signs off the bus shelter. The letter box on the resource centre has been ripped off and one lady told me her fence has been pulled down."There are only three co-ordinators at the moment and we can't get around everywhere."The problems are starting to creep up again around Preanes Green."Much of the antisocial behaviour is around the shops. Kids kick balls against glass windows."Youngsters hang around St Marks Road in Worle and then on their way back home they rip signs off walls and put knives through tyres."Most young people are OK but a small number are causing problems."Last week the Weston & Somerset Mercury exclusively revealed how the culprits thought to be behind at least 40 offences of tyre slashing in the area had been arrested by police.Four youths, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested on the morning of June 1 at one of their home addresses. The decision is now with the youth justice system as to whether the case goes to court.For more details about how to become a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator call Linda Grove on 01934 638187 or log onto www.weston neighbourhoodwatch.org


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