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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

VANDALISM

Date: 18th July 2009

VANDALISM

I'm now going to get on my high horse.  I am appalled at the mindless vandalism which is constantly being carried out in this country.  I've had various cars vandalised many times over the years and it's just happened again in the tiny, sleepy village of Kingsand/Cawsand in Devon.  Having gone to Plymouth to attend the Cornwall Blind Association Function at Carmborne in Cornwall, I was staying with my friend and Manager, Simon Whittam. 

On Thursday morning as I prepared to leave for the long journey back to Kent, I discovered that the arm of the Driver's  Windscreen Wiper had been bent to the point that it was unusable.  Unfortunately I was unable to get a replacement and had to spend another day in the Westcountry waiting for a part to be expressed overnight.  Normally a stay in the West would be a delightful event but my friends had to work, I had no usable car and the weather was atrocious so it was a thoroughly wasted day.  

The next day, Friday, the part arrived at mid-day- quickly fixed by Will in Millbrook -  and I was able to head back home. Sadly the journey which usually takes around six hours took nine because of holiday traffic and schools breaking up.  I was exhausted by the time I got home.

I did report the event to the local police because mine was not the only car to receive the treatment. Windscreen wipers had been wrenched off and bent on several other cars.  The vandals had also torn down hanging baskets - and this on the day before Kingsand/Cawsand was to receive the judges for Britain in Bloom.

I was very impressed with the local constabulary - but staggered at the amount of paper work they had with regard to a 'small incident'.  The local constable told me that paper work has increased in the last three years.  When I had vandalism at my home in Walmer and reported it to the local Community Bobby, I left a message on the answerphone and was never contacted.

The whole procedure consisted of a ten minute phone call with someone in the Police Centre and endless questions including my Ethnic origin, my date and place of birth etc.  What has all that got to do with the price of fish!!  The local P.C. visited once to look at the damage to mine and the other cars etc. and then returned in the afternoon to take a statement.  All in all, I'd think it a waste of police time to report something like this but the vandals of today are the big time crooks of tomorrow.

Frankly I'd like to see the little 'b.......' put in the stocks.  A pelting with rotten tomatoes and bad eggs and the humiliation might make them think twice next time about damaging someone's property.  Or better still make them go around for a week with a placard saying 'VANDAL' - or prohibit them from watching or attending their favourite Footie Games.  But, of course, these punishments  would infringe their 'Yuman Rights' - wouldn't it?  That must be one of the worst pieces of legislature that's ever been penned.  And, if I understand it correctly, originally after the 2nd World War - the Human Rights Act was in order to stop anything like the Holocaust happening again.  Now it's used as an excuse by an increasingly  litigious society and all and sundry,  including felons. 

So my Charitable Deed cost me in terms of Finance both paying for the part and in the loss of a small job which I would have been able to do had I returned home on Thursday, it wasted a whole day of my time - or rather, almost two as I didn't get back home till after 9.00 pm, and a friend who was coming to stay, had to be cancelled.

So what is the world coming to when youngsters think it 'Fun' to damage the property of other hardworking people?  I feel that successive Governments have been too lenient on Crime, too ready to hand out benefit to many undeserving, lazy people, and too many parents and teachers do nothing about instilling respect or shame in the young.  Handing out ASBO's is like handing out a Medal in the eyes of many of today's youth.  We have the highest teenage pregnancy record in Europe - little wonder when someone who is little more than a child is offered a flat or a house as a reward for becoming pregnant.  

The police asked me if I had been affected adversely by the damage to my car and I replied that No, I didn't need help or counselling, I was just damned ANGRY - VERY VERY ANGRY.

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