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.


5 Responses to Harbour Waiting Room Damaged Over New Year

  1. Bill Hiner January 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Katie F

    Sorry, but I didn’t say that youngsters were responsible for the damage at the quay.
    However, statistics will tell you that most vandalism of this sort is carried out by under-25s.

  2. not nobby nobbs January 4, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Hopefully CCTV will expose the culprits.
    And agree with Bill stop being giving leeway .. charge them !

  3. Elin Hullis January 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    If those idiots could see the damage that fire does, or were ever caught in one themselves, larking about with fire extinguishers is no laughing matter.

  4. Katie F January 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Do we know that youngsters are to blame, Bill? There’s no mention of a suspected age group in the report. Better to find out who is responsible before coming up with an ‘anyone under 21’ photofit!

  5. Bill Hiner January 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Time to stop giving “Leeway” Colin, and to start charging vandals with criminal damage. I recently criticised the actions of some of the younger folk over here when damage was done to the bird hides and a child’s bike, only to be informed that I was in the wrong!
    These actions ought to be nipped in the bud and not condoned by people who should know better.
    I would also condemn the verbal abuse that our local Police suffered from the drunks on New Year at Tregarthens. Quite disgraceful.