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Police hunt vandals after £2k damage

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

  • Councillor John Coombe and PC John Fulker at the damaged bus shelter in Hayle.

  • Hayle. Cllr John Coombe (left) and PC John Fulker pictured speaking to concerned local resident John Orgar at the damaged bus shelter.

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VANDALS who targeted two properties and a bus shelter in Hayle have caused damage valued at more than £2,000.

Windows were broken at both the Spar shop and the Royal Mail sorting office at Foundry Square and a number of panels smashed at the nearby bus shelter.

The incident happened at around 11.45pm on Monday, January 13, when police believe the culprits used a catapult and ball bearings to cause the damage.

It is the second time in a year that the bus shelter has been vandalised and Cornwall councillor for Hayle South, John Coombe, has teamed up with the police to call for people to think again before committing such acts.

He said: "If someone was walking there it could possibly have killed them, certainly seriously injured them. I have to praise the police in all that they're doing. What I am trying to do is support them to track down the perpetrator."

Mr Coombe said the damaged part of the bus shelter, which is used by more than 100 people every week, was an act of "wanton vandalism" which the town cannot afford to keep paying for. The bus shelter alone is thought to cost around £2,600 to repair.

Mr Coombe added: "It's not just the cost of the repairs. Sooner or later someone could get really seriously hurt. The majority of young people in Hayle are great; it's just the odd few."

PC John Fulker said he wanted people to think more carefully about their actions and the potential repercussions.

He added: "Whoever is responsible for this needs to realise that their irresponsible behaviour is having a negative effect on a wide section of the community."

Call 101 with any information to help police.

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  • josdave  |  January 23 2014, 11:12AM

    A good idea if they are ever caught would be a dose of the birch (forget their human rights as they don't qualify) and make them pay every penny of the damage they caused. But that is only for a world where the punishment fits the crime not this over lenient world.

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