Teens out of control in Melksham

Wiltshire Times: Market place Market place

A Melksham landlord has called for the introduction of alcohol banning orders in the Market Place, after 20 youths were involved in a major disturbance on Sunday.

Police were called in the early hours of the morning following reports of people smashing windows, drinking in the street and climbing on the bus shelter.

Town Centre beat manager PC Kane Fulbrook-Smith said: “They went on the rampage for a good half an hour.

“The police and NPT will be looking to step up patrols to try and reduce crime and alcohol-related incidents.

“We are building up to the World Cup when many licensed premises will be showing the England matches, and it would be a great shame for this sort of behaviour to influence early closures.

“We don’t mind people going out having a drink to enjoy themselves, but people need to have respect for property that doesn’t belong to them, and have consideration for residents and businesses.”

The landlord of a pub in the Market Place, who did not wish to be named, said late-night disorder had become a regular problem.

He said: “It’s not just the weekends, but during the week as well. You have youngsters in the bus shelter, or sitting in cars and under the archway by the Town Hall. They play music late into the night.

“It’s okay the police coming round in the day, but there doesn’t seem to be any police presence on Saturday or Sunday mornings, when late-night places are kicking out.

“Better CCTV would make a difference, as would a ban on alcohol in the street. I think that would sort out a lot of the disorder, as the kids in the bus stop aren’t old enough to go into licenced premises and get their drink elsewhere.

“It’s only going to get worse in the summer.”

In November, Trowbridge was chosen for a six-month pilot for Drink Banning Orders, which has seen persistent drunken offenders barred from town centre pubs.

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6:55pm Thu 1 May 14

melkshamwizard says...

What the police have to avoid is driving the youths to another part of town.persistent offenders need to be arrested dealt with.but I expect the will be told the old excuse we've nowhere else to go and nothing to do.
What the police have to avoid is driving the youths to another part of town.persistent offenders need to be arrested dealt with.but I expect the will be told the old excuse we've nowhere else to go and nothing to do. melkshamwizard
  • Score: 4

8:12am Fri 2 May 14

old 'arry says...

Alec Salmond's comment that the "Scots are a nation of drunks" could equally apply to England. There is a plague of teenaged layabouts whose only topic of conversation is how drunk they got last night. The problem of lack of police numbers would probably be solved if special constables were paid. After all, the Territorial Army is paid normal Army rates when on duty, why shouldn't the Special Constabulary be, too?
Alec Salmond's comment that the "Scots are a nation of drunks" could equally apply to England. There is a plague of teenaged layabouts whose only topic of conversation is how drunk they got last night. The problem of lack of police numbers would probably be solved if special constables were paid. After all, the Territorial Army is paid normal Army rates when on duty, why shouldn't the Special Constabulary be, too? old 'arry
  • Score: 6

9:37am Fri 2 May 14

frankie007 says...

old 'arry wrote:
Alec Salmond's comment that the "Scots are a nation of drunks" could equally apply to England. There is a plague of teenaged layabouts whose only topic of conversation is how drunk they got last night. The problem of lack of police numbers would probably be solved if special constables were paid. After all, the Territorial Army is paid normal Army rates when on duty, why shouldn't the Special Constabulary be, too?
Because they're "special"?
[quote][p][bold]old 'arry[/bold] wrote: Alec Salmond's comment that the "Scots are a nation of drunks" could equally apply to England. There is a plague of teenaged layabouts whose only topic of conversation is how drunk they got last night. The problem of lack of police numbers would probably be solved if special constables were paid. After all, the Territorial Army is paid normal Army rates when on duty, why shouldn't the Special Constabulary be, too?[/p][/quote]Because they're "special"? frankie007
  • Score: 0

11:42am Fri 2 May 14

beetawix says...

The gist of this article is about getting drunk with no involvement of licensed premises.
So what is the purpose of the final paragraph?
The gist of this article is about getting drunk with no involvement of licensed premises. So what is the purpose of the final paragraph? beetawix
  • Score: 2

12:17pm Fri 2 May 14

bigbadjohn says...

"The landlord of a pub in the Market Place, who did not wish to be named, said late-night disorder had become a regular problem."

In Melksham Market Place, that's a difficult one to narrow down !
"The landlord of a pub in the Market Place, who did not wish to be named, said late-night disorder had become a regular problem." In Melksham Market Place, that's a difficult one to narrow down ! bigbadjohn
  • Score: 5

11:02pm Fri 2 May 14

vox sanitatem says...

Bring back the birch!
Bring back the birch! vox sanitatem
  • Score: 5

11:22pm Fri 2 May 14

cmness says...

melkshamwizard wrote:
What the police have to avoid is driving the youths to another part of town.persistent offenders need to be arrested dealt with.but I expect the will be told the old excuse we've nowhere else to go and nothing to do.
Here's a suggestion for what they could do.

Go home, study, learn something, get a job.

How many of these young people will end up continuing this habit at the tax payers expense.

I still believe parents have a lot to answer for.
[quote][p][bold]melkshamwizard[/bold] wrote: What the police have to avoid is driving the youths to another part of town.persistent offenders need to be arrested dealt with.but I expect the will be told the old excuse we've nowhere else to go and nothing to do.[/p][/quote]Here's a suggestion for what they could do. Go home, study, learn something, get a job. How many of these young people will end up continuing this habit at the tax payers expense. I still believe parents have a lot to answer for. cmness
  • Score: 8

2:03am Sat 3 May 14

beetawix says...

cmness said. "I still believe parents have a lot to answer for."

still? how long now?

a lot of what ?

to who ?
cmness said. "I still believe parents have a lot to answer for." still? how long now? a lot of what ? to who ? beetawix
  • Score: -7

8:55pm Sun 4 May 14

redrum says...

Melksham Wizard, the police try to act which can often be arresting people. Sadly though no matter how many times this is and no matter what it is for the courts fail to act.

Do you think the police like doing hours of paperwork to get someone to court after which the Judges give a pathetic slap on the wrist and a few hours community service?
Melksham Wizard, the police try to act which can often be arresting people. Sadly though no matter how many times this is and no matter what it is for the courts fail to act. Do you think the police like doing hours of paperwork to get someone to court after which the Judges give a pathetic slap on the wrist and a few hours community service? redrum
  • Score: 3

11:53am Mon 5 May 14

markinmelksham says...

Maybe get the PCSOs out and sort this mess out....oh wait "please stop doing that and move on" doesn't work!
Maybe get the PCSOs out and sort this mess out....oh wait "please stop doing that and move on" doesn't work! markinmelksham
  • Score: 0

6:41pm Mon 5 May 14

melkshamwizard says...

perhaps parents should be made more accountable for their childrens actions,take them to court then we may see an improvement in childrens behavior
perhaps parents should be made more accountable for their childrens actions,take them to court then we may see an improvement in childrens behavior melkshamwizard
  • Score: 4

8:30pm Mon 5 May 14

politepanda says...

melkshamwizard wrote:
perhaps parents should be made more accountable for their childrens actions,take them to court then we may see an improvement in childrens behavior
You have to get past local resolution, neighbourhood panels, YOT - AND the CPS to get it into court. It would never happen. It's the "new way". Apparently.
[quote][p][bold]melkshamwizard[/bold] wrote: perhaps parents should be made more accountable for their childrens actions,take them to court then we may see an improvement in childrens behavior[/p][/quote]You have to get past local resolution, neighbourhood panels, YOT - AND the CPS to get it into court. It would never happen. It's the "new way". Apparently. politepanda
  • Score: 0

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