Police Investigating Criminal Damage At Tennis Courts

tennis courtSt Mary’s Police are investigating criminal damage to the tennis courts on The Garrison.

The fence has been broken and net supports damaged. They’ve been discarded and left to one side, say Police.

The repairs will cost around £60.

The act was discovered by club members this morning but PC Faye Webb says it might have happened any time over the Christmas break.

Faye says if the people who did this repair their damage, the Police won’t take it further.

7 Responses to Police Investigating Criminal Damage At Tennis Courts

  1. Jeff Eastick December 31, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Neil , you would have to travel the World to find a safer place than Scilly , and your search would be a waste of time as I doubt that there is anywhere safer than Scilly.Petty crime such as this needs to be addressed but please keep a sense of perspective.

  2. Neil December 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks for all of the great responses. I am a forensic psychiatrist with a particular interest in islands. I can only tell you that research shows that places that ignore “petty” crime end up graduating to more violence. What’s the difference between cutting the fence and breaking the tennis supports and a smash and grab of a storefront window? I doubt that we will ever see reports of things such as drug use and domestic violence reported for Scilly, but when I spoke with people on my visit it was clearly present “behind closed doors.” Places that clean up petty crime see dramatic reductions in crime (“broken window” approach.) That is why New York City went after broken windows, graffiti, littering, and jay walking and saw a 65% reduction in property crime vs a 26% decline nationally in the 1990’s. There is also a direct correlation between arrest rates and crime rates; the more arrests made, the more crime decreases!

    Scilly benefits from an unusually low number and disproportionate number of residents in the 18-30 group, a group more likely to get into serious trouble. Your children go to the mainland for school and then can’t afford to return to an expensive island to live until they have established themselves to some degree. Perhaps crime has/will always been tolerated as clans protect their members. And yes, the media today is more likely to report on what they know. However, until people will get the courage to report people they know who are members of their clan, the police are left powerless. There are no secrets in small island communities, so you know who stole your bike and the perpetrators family does as well. It’s even likely the police do, but without an official report and someone willing to prosecute, why bother to employ police?

    Paul, its interesting that alcohol to you is an acceptable defense/excuse. Would you feel the same way way if it was a drunk driver killing a child? My recollection is that Ireland has had to finally prosecute alcohol related crimes because using that as a cultural defense wasn’t really working for victims and their families…

    I agree, Scilly is a very safe place, but if you want to keep it that way, you need to be taking action. Many of you remember when you could leave things unlocked, houses open, and there was nothing to worry about. Insidiously, you are letting that idyllic place slip away, and it will never be recaptured if lost…

  3. Paul Brownnose December 31, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Christ Neil! You’re making out like there’s hoodlums on the streets waiting to mug you at any given moment! It’s petty crime, the type that can be seen in want small town anywhere in the world. The culprits are more than likely inebriated fools from a late night party up that way, which narrows it down to a select few.

  4. Woodrow Wyatt December 31, 2013 at 8:53 am

    “We have been discussing moving there but we want to feel safe wherever we move” Neil, have you heard yourself? Get a grip man. When did you last hear about a stabbing, murder, assault or robbery in the Scillies?

  5. Neil December 31, 2013 at 2:44 am

    How absurd for the police to be willing to not prosecute criminals if they “repair their damage.” Until people on Scilly get serious about crime it will just escalate. After all, there is no penalty for stealing bikes, honesty boxes, or destroying public property. When non-property crimes are made public (domestic violence, underage drinking, drugs, sexual crimes, etc.) will the IOS be just as “forgiving.” Crime will hurt tourism and that’s the lifeline of the Isles. I have posted this message before, but all that has happened is more crime and it is escalating. We have been discussing moving there but we want to feel safe wherever we move.

    • A Scillonian December 31, 2013 at 9:55 am


      I’d argue that crime isn’t really escalating at all, and if it is then it’s by very little. There has always been and will always be crime here – the difference now is that as soon as any minor damage or a bike theft takes place it gets reported on here and Radio Scilly which it never did before.

      I’ve had my bike stolen in the past and no one would have known because Scilly Today didn’t exist. There’s no more of a crime problem really, it’s just a case of the news being reported to the public now.

      I do, however, agree that it all should be treated as crime and dealt with in the proper way.

  6. gillian pook December 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    what a shame ! mindless ! used to watch mrs. bodilly playing here when a child n played here too when a teenager !