Mel Stride

    BOVEY TRACEY Town Councillors Martyn Evans and Avril Kerswell raised the issue of vandalism and anti-social behaviour with the town’s Member of Parliament today. Cllr Evans told Central Devon MP Mel Stride that residents have complained on social media about the abusive behaviour of a minority of young people while walking their dogs in Mill Marsh Park and that the old hospital building was recently vandalised. This followed the damage that was done to plant pots in Bradley Road this summer and repeated vandalism to a bench in Bullands Field during the past 18 months – on one occasion the graffiti included a swastika.

    Cllr Evans said:

    “To a lot of people acts of vandalism are extremely upsetting and distressing and the time and costs associated with repairs and cleaning are often much higher than people think. It may seem mindless to those involved, but their actions have real consequences and are a stain on our wonderful town.”

    Mr Stride said:

    “I’m very glad Martyn has raised this issue with me. Some dismiss anti-social behaviour as low-level crime, but it is more serious than that – this is behaviour that needs to be stamped out before it escalates. I have agreed to raise these issues with Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner and would also ask anyone with information about the vandalism at the hospital to contact the police by phoning 101 or emailing”