Harbour Waiting Room Damaged Over New Year

The St Mary’s quayside waiting room is likely to be closed after 5pm and at weekends, after fire extinguishers were discharged and candles were lit inside.

Harbourmaster Dale Clark says he’s following the advice of Sergeant Colin Taylor and, unless someone admits liability, he is likely to open the facility only when harbour staff are working.

Dale admits that will inconvenience off-islanders at the weekend.

Whilst some islanders may dismiss this as high jinks, says Sergeant Taylor, he’s taking the matter seriously as it is criminal damage.

The extinguishers were thrown into the harbour and are now unusable. He said there’s also a cost involved getting someone to clean the waiting room.

Colin says he is making enquiries to find those responsible and wants to hear from anyone who noticed pinkish foam on shoes or clothing over New Year.

With the recent spate of incidents, Colin says he won’t change his approach to policing.

He said the law allows him some leeway if it’s a first offence, but if this is repeated behaviour, he says someone could end up in court.

Colin says he is aware that discussing these recent crimes may be seen as negative and unhelpful to tourism.

But he says islanders need to know what the police are dealing with, particularly regarding potential alcohol problems and poor parenting skills, and he wants help from locals to tackle these.


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