Zero tolerance after teens target fences

FED-up residents are facing repair bills running into hundreds of pounds after teenagers trashed dozens of garden fences during

FED-up residents are facing repair bills running into hundreds of pounds after teenagers trashed dozens of garden fences during a drunken rampage.People living in Drakes Way, Admirals Walk and Frobisher Avenue, Portishead, woke up over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend to find their fences had been kicked in or torn down.It is believed the damage was done by gangs of drunk teenagers walking along a pathway which links Nore Road to Quantock Road following a boozy night out on the beach near the golf course.Angry resident John Butler is now facing paying out more than £100 to repair his damaged fences.Mr Butler, an area sales manager, said: "We woke up on Good Friday to find that our fence had been damaged."One panel had been kicked in completely and the posts bent."On the Saturday morning we woke up and further damage had been done and one fence panel smashed in half."I am now facing having to pay out at least £100 to have the damage repaired."Mr Butler says other residents in the area also suffered similar damage.It is understood over the Bank Holiday weekend, 13 separate incidents of damage were reported in the area.Mr Butler said that police needed to crackdown on the teens drinking in the beach area at night.Mr Butler added: "We believe the damage was caused by a gang of youths who had been on the beach drinking over the weekend and use the footway as a route home to the top of Portishead."The youngsters seemed to have moved there from the Lake Grounds and are down there drinking at night."I would like to see action taken to stop this sort of antisocial behaviour."If that is stopped, then the damage will also cease."Portishead Police Community Sergeant Terry Scoble said: "The young people last summer had understanding of behaviour that we expect and accept."It seems as if some young people are in need of reminding about this."In response to this escalating disorder we are organising additional resources at peak time and will be operating a zero tolerance approach to this type of disorder.


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