Air rifle attack on caravan park
Last updated at 15:16, Saturday, 25 September 2010
A CARAVAN park owner is stepping up security after yobs attacked his site with air rifles.
Workmen at Port Haverigg Holiday Village found air rifle pellets in the broken shells of street lights, which were damaged in the attack.
A car parked in Bankfield Road also had its windscreen shot out, causing £200 worth of damage for the owner.
The mayor of Millom, Councillor Doug Wilson, has condemned the attacks, calling for police to take serious action against those responsible.
He said: “I think we should hope the police give it a higher priority.
“It’s something that could kill somebody. It’s not anti-social behaviour, it’s criminal activity.
“There has been quite a lot on the radio about anti-social behaviour recently, but this is worse.”
Steve Attwood owner of Port Haverigg Holiday Village said: “In the last fortnight, three of our lamps were shot out.
“It’s happened before and does tend to happen every now and again.
“Each lamp costs £80 to replace. It’s dangerous – we use them to light the site so people don’t fall.
“It’s not nice for the people who are staying in the park.
“It’s very irresponsible behaviour by those involved.
“They could have hit one of the holiday makers.”
Mr Attwood also said that he would be looking to install more security cameras in the park as a result of the incidents.
Sergeant Jim Lloyd of Cumbria police, said the investigation into the incident was ongoing, and that they are continuing to follow lines of enquiry.
He also said that, after the high profile firearm cases of Derek Bird and Raoul Moat, they were taking the incident very seriously.
He said: “In light of the events of the last few months, we take fire arm offences very seriously.
“If residents see anybody misusing air weapons, they should contact their local police officers immediately.
“Also, anybody messing around with air weapons needs to be aware of the police consequences.”
First published at 10:38, Saturday, 25 September 2010
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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âAlso, anybody messing around with air weapons needs to be aware of the police consequences.â Y'know what is really sad about this statement? The Police will follow it through, but our courts and lily livered judges will just make a mockery of the Police by handing out wishy washy sentences...
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