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St Just bus stop to be boarded up after being found smashed

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 29, 2013

By Josh Barrie

  • St Just bus stop is to be boarded up after a glass pane was smashed

  • St Just bus shelter with missing glass pane.

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A BUS stop designed by residents in St Just is to be boarded up temporarily after its window was again found smashed.

Thought to have been an act of criminal damage, at a recent town council meeting a police officer and community support officer, alongside members and Sue James of Cornwall Council, discussed what could be done to prevent the breakages - which reportedly cost £600 to repair.

Mrs James said since being elected in May it is the second time the glass has been broken and that it has happened in past years too.

"It costs a lot of money to replace and it's not sustainable," she explained.

"This is the second time it's happened since I was elected. The council just doesn't have the money to keep fixing it.

"We all know that just boarding it up is not the right thing to do - it doesn't look very nice and it sends out the wrong message."

However, she stressed that regularly forking out hundreds of pounds to repair the bus stop was not viable and was again due to discuss how best to tackle the problem with town councillors at a meeting on Monday. Devon and Cornwall Housing have also been involved.

Although it is thought the incident was "probably criminal damage", Mrs James said it may have been accidental.

"You see youngsters clowning around there a lot," she said.

"In the past we know breakages have been deliberate but we're not certain. This time we don't know who did it."

She mentioned CCTV could be installed to perhaps prevent further instances, and a decision about how best to deal with the problem is set to be made in January.

The bus stop, opposite the public toilets near Lafrowda car park, was designed by local people as part of St Just's regeneration.

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  • NBG1971  |  December 30 2013, 11:32AM

    don't we have a police force? as we seem to be paying them already,it will cost nothing extra :)

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  • DipStick  |  December 29 2013, 2:26PM

    No need for "toughened glass", just design out the glass altogether. problem solved. I do have sympathy for the 'birch those reponsible', becauyse they should be, but if there is no glass in the first place then no temptation! DS

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  • grahamcoad  |  December 29 2013, 12:58PM

    There will always be someone else coming along who "loves the sound of breaking glass" however many you catch (if any!) Design out the breakage issue with toughened substitutes for glass.

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  • twofeetofsnow  |  December 29 2013, 12:17PM

    "In the past we know breakages have been deliberate but we're not certain. This time we don't know who did it." Rubbish, glass in a bus shelter does not break accidentally. Instead of continually replacing the glass, let the people of St Just hand the vandals over to the police first. Somebody knows who it is and is happy to let them get away with it, the community should work together to deal with these people.

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  • josdave  |  December 29 2013, 12:13PM

    Why should extra money have to be spent on special glass? Why not try handing out real punishment to these idiots and naming them as a possible deterrent to their fellow idiots? They carry on like they do because they know full well that even if the police catch them the courts will let them go to smash up something else.

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  • grahamcoad  |  December 29 2013, 11:05AM

    Well, those who smash the glass ARE idiots, but you have to start to wonder at the people who simply replace it with more fragile glass, when there are armoured glasses and damage resistant polycarbonates available......

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  • josdave  |  December 29 2013, 10:45AM

    These idiots who seem to get pleasure from destroying things ought to be flogged and named and shamed. But in this over liberal age we must look after their human rights even if they don't qualify.

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