LONGFIELD AND HARTLEY: Vandals cause more than £10,000 damage at Scout hut

News Shopper: Vandals smeared paint on and ripped children's work in the hall of the Scout hut Vandals smeared paint on and ripped children's work in the hall of the Scout hut

VANDALS broke into a scout hut in the early hours of Saturday (July 11), causing more than £10,000 damage.

The kitchen and toilet was smashed up and paint was smeared all over the inside of Longfield and Hartley Scout Group's headquarters in Larkwell Lane, Hartley.

Scouts will be unable to use the hut for the next few weeks while repairs are carried out, so Tuesday evening's meeting has been moved to the Ash Green group's hall in Centre Road, New Ash Green.

Stuart Knowles, Longfield and Hartley Scout Group's acting leader, said: "This is very disappointing, but the one silver lining is that it has come at the end of the Scouting year and we will be back in business by September."

Any offers of help in terms of cleaning up, electricals, plumbing, decorating and general support should be made to Stuart by emailing him at stuart.knowless@homecall.co.uk

A Kent police spokeswoman said: "Police have conducted a forensic examination at the building and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police on 01732 379217 (if possible quoting reference 9977) or Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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4:32pm Mon 13 Jul 09

JHopper says...

In other words, the police haven't got a clue who carried out this disgusting crime and hope the public will solve it for them. If the police would simply go out on the streets and challenge some of the gangs of kids that roam our neighbourhoods at night, perhaps they might get to know this scummy element a bit better. The kids that hang around outside the Co-op in New Eltham openly drink cans of lager and then throw them onto the pavement when they leave. New Eltham village was once a nice little community but now it is a no-go area in the evening. It is such a shame to witness what was once a sleepy, pleasant place, turn into a rundown, graffiti-ridden playground for the feral yobs and yobesses whose parents could not give a toss where their kids are as long they are out of their way.

At the weekend, we took the kids for a runaround and a go on the swings over at Sidcup Place. Strewn all over the green were empty half-bottles of vodka, cider and goodness knows what else. There were even plastic cups left, so the kids who like to get out of their mind on booze obviously come well-prepared. I wonder if the little scrotes who carried out this latest despicable act of vandalism were also under the influence.

Police, get these kids off of our streets and out of our parks and escort them home to their irresponsible, uncaring and slobby parents. A curfew is the only way to control these youths and it might even get the parents to think twice about where their children are if they face a hefty fine if they are caught roaming the streets in the evening.
In other words, the police haven't got a clue who carried out this disgusting crime and hope the public will solve it for them. If the police would simply go out on the streets and challenge some of the gangs of kids that roam our neighbourhoods at night, perhaps they might get to know this scummy element a bit better. The kids that hang around outside the Co-op in New Eltham openly drink cans of lager and then throw them onto the pavement when they leave. New Eltham village was once a nice little community but now it is a no-go area in the evening. It is such a shame to witness what was once a sleepy, pleasant place, turn into a rundown, graffiti-ridden playground for the feral yobs and yobesses whose parents could not give a toss where their kids are as long they are out of their way. At the weekend, we took the kids for a runaround and a go on the swings over at Sidcup Place. Strewn all over the green were empty half-bottles of vodka, cider and goodness knows what else. There were even plastic cups left, so the kids who like to get out of their mind on booze obviously come well-prepared. I wonder if the little scrotes who carried out this latest despicable act of vandalism were also under the influence. Police, get these kids off of our streets and out of our parks and escort them home to their irresponsible, uncaring and slobby parents. A curfew is the only way to control these youths and it might even get the parents to think twice about where their children are if they face a hefty fine if they are caught roaming the streets in the evening. JHopper

10:15am Tue 14 Jul 09

Heard It All Before says...

I've some long-standing connections with the Scouting movement and am appalled to hear of this awful incident. Scout leaders give up an awful lot of their free time to work with our youngsters, working hard to make them better citizens.
I've some long-standing connections with the Scouting movement and am appalled to hear of this awful incident. Scout leaders give up an awful lot of their free time to work with our youngsters, working hard to make them better citizens. Heard It All Before

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