By Emliy Pearce
Thursday, August 9, 2012
A CCTV camera will be installed at an Isle of Wight children's paddling pool today (Thursday) following a spate of vandalism.
The popular East Cowes amenity has been closed twice in the past two weeks due to broken glass.
It is hoped the CCTV camera, which is being installed by the Isle of Wight Council, will deter vandals from smashing glass in the pool.
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by Lee Majors
10th August 2012, at 10:55:32
Paul, I am glad that we are on the same wavelength! So, let me ask, what do us islanders who read this think the penalty should be, (in reality) as a fine would not work, (no job or money due to age/lack of skills,) if they are under age then the parents should pay for the clean up as I described below, and the kids be made to take part wearing a shirt saying "I did it" then spend a few months in a young offenders institution learning skills, not playing computer games.
by Paul Strauss
10th August 2012, at 10:40:29
Mr Majors, I wholeheartedly agree, but as in my earlier postiong I feel that it is the application of the penalty that is the key issue. The youth court may indeed decree that every grain of sand be polished using a homeless man's sock, but in these namby pamby PC times you can bet your bottom dollar after a few days of good behavior the sentence would be reduced to dusting a single sideboard with one of the delightful Alex Jones's jumpers. Its tougher penalties we need.
10th August 2012, at 09:55:46
I must just add, if kids were caught putting glass in this swimming pool, let us go through what would happen, the pool would shut, it would have to be drained, cleaned, refilled, then the kids get caught, get told off. End of story. They should be made to pay for users of this pool to go to another pool on the island & pay for the added fuel costs for their trouble, also pay for the clean up operation, the refilling of the pool & pay for the CCTV to be installed so it does not happen again, also pay for the policemans time & fuel in investigating it, then, they should dam well be made to polish every stone & grain of sand on every island beach using nothing more than a homeless mans sock.Anyone object to that?
by jan hickman
10th August 2012, at 09:55:44
i dont blame all youths, some are misguided, some are looking for trouble and find it...as said, some are a credit to their parents, and some arent...we need them to be guided by example, and taught better ways to occupy their time than wanton vandalism, thats why i am sad the clubs are closing, and no deterrent is available as we have no police stations nearby. The era of the local bobby, and a bit of healthy respect for our surroundings, and our peers...thats whats missing....and we are presented with glass deliberately laced in a kids paddling pool. Its a crying shame for the youths, the system...and especially the kids at risk in that pool...cctv...at least something is being attempted huh?
by David Kay
9th August 2012, at 20:17:18
KBJ... as normal completely off the mark.1. It is everyone's job to stop crime. It starts with teaching right from wrong.2. Who is going to pay for more Police? By the way it is police officers these days. More police means higher Council Tax - something else for you to moan about.3. Youths might not respect the police, but the issue is the justice system. Police officers compile huge files to get offenders to court. Then courts are much too soft. There is no deterrent.4. CCTV destroying community policing? Do you ACTUALLY know what community policing is?? I don't think so.Rant over.For now.
by Mrs James
9th August 2012, at 15:45:44
I agree with KBJ re CCTV but disagre with JH re youth clubs, as all the very well behaved young people I know, dont go to youth clubs its about Parenting Skills how children behave and instilling Core Values from an early age. I know there are lots of activities for young people to be involved in but a few more projects that involve young people in the seting up and running of would give them more purpose and pride in their Communities, we also need more affordable activities... Children were not born badly behaved or well behaved, as it is learnt behaviour they just need leadership of adults. Take the young people working to clear up the Frank James Hospital Grounds, along with adults, they are a credit to their parents.
9th August 2012, at 13:19:37
The vandals will still do it despite the cctv, knowing that as we have no police stations, they'll be long gone before the police arrive! No youth clubs either...hmm wonder if thats a clue to the bored vandals....
9th August 2012, at 13:03:51
Personally, I would never have broadcasted this news about CCTV being installed. I would hope that the idiots came back once again, but without anyone getting hurt.
by Kevin Barclay-Jay
9th August 2012, at 12:24:58
typical cop out....it is the polices job to stop crime...its too late once they have commited it. Put more policemen on the beat...children will then learn to respect the police and not do the crime in the first place. CCTV is destroying community policing in the UK...
9th August 2012, at 12:22:58
Good to see positive action by IW council to try and improve our quality of life - well done. But now they need to review the judiciary because if the penalties handed out to our legally anonymous juvenile arsonists are anything to go by, the penalty for throwing broken glass in a paddling pool will probably be a taxpayer funded trip to the pictures with as many maltesers as they can anonymously eat.
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