Exmouth holidays abandoned after youth trouble

PUBLISHED: 12:30 28 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:11 28 July 2016

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Disabled holidaymakers caravanning in Exmouth were forced to cut short their visits when they became frightened by youths throwing stones.

Every year, members of the Devon and Cornwall motor caravan section of the Camping and Caravan Club head to Exmouth, pitching up for a fortnight’s stay with Exmouth Rugby Club.

This year’s annual stay was blighted by youths’ anti-social behaviour, forcing the club’s vulnerable to pack up early and leave.

Devon and Cornwall police said officers stepped up patrols in the area after receiving complaints from the ‘Waggoners’.

Police were twice called to the site after the visitors reported stone throwing and a rowdy group of youths.

Philip Hingston, Devon and Cornwall motor caravan section chairman, said: “This year we’ve been hit with a few problems. Firstly, a group of 20 or so rowdy teenagers, mainly 15 and 16-year-olds, decided to have a smoking party after midnight behind the public loos and needed much persuasion to leave and quieten down.

“Then, we were plagued by younger teens throwing stones from the children’s playground, hoping to hit our vans.

“A number of our disabled members became frightened and nervous; some even abandoned their holidays through fear of injury or damage.

“The police responded the best they could with the limited resources and we understand the children were given a general warning at school.

Mr Hingston added: “If only parents could know what their youngsters are up to. They really should be prepared to help their community by teaching their children good citizenship.”

A police spokesman confirmed officers were called to the camp site.

He said: “Mr Kingston contacted police to say that youths in the park opposite where his group had parked their camper vans had been throwing stones at some of the vans.

“When officers attended, the youths had left, having been asked to move on by the deputy site warden.

“For the following week, the neighbourhood team increased patrols in the area.”

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