Responsible parents

PUBLISHED: 12:39 17 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:42 24 May 2010

WHILST walking with my dog in Clarence Park, where less than a week earlier a new bench had been installed, my husband and I came upon three boys 11 and 12 years old with a piece of broken stone scratching their initials/names onto the new bench. I asked

WHILST walking with my dog in Clarence Park, where less than a week earlier a new bench had been installed, my husband and I came upon three boys 11 and 12 years old with a piece of broken stone scratching their initials/names onto the new bench. I asked them what they thought they were doing, and after throwing the stones to the ground the smallest of the three asked me in an aggressive tone, what is your problem, don't you like children?After more confrontation with these three cheeky, arrogant boys, who thought they had a right to vandalise anything they felt like, I told my husband to ring the police, who were very helpful, and said they would send someone out. I asked the boys their names which they refused to give at first but eventually one of them who felt a little remorse told me all of their names, which were repeated over the telephone to the police.I told them to all sit on the bench they had just defaced, but the smaller one got up and rang his mother. I asked to speak to her and explained to her exactly what these boys had been doing. She was told that I was keeping them in the park until the police arrived. She was angry with her son and said she would come immediately.At this point I had a call from my home, as my visitors had arrived, but left my husband in charge of the three boys. I believe the mother arrived quite quickly and promised that his father would come and repair the damage to the bench. I have now been told by other dog walkers that the repair has now been done, and that they saw the parents 'rubbing down' the woodwork to remove the markings.I wish your paper to print this as I wish to thank them, as responsible parents, for that repair work. However, if all of these young vandals are all stopped at this early age then we may stand a chance of stopping more serious and mindless damage being done to items that we, the residents who live near, pay our rates for.MRS P SMITHWeston

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