Minority are ruining town

PUBLISHED: 14:50 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

Two weeks ago, on a Saturday night, I parked in The Strand, Exmouth, and walked across the middle of the gardens to my partner s flat. I had to walk through a group of approximately 20 teenagers who were clearly drunk and very loud.

Two weeks ago, on a Saturday night, I parked in The Strand, Exmouth, and walked across the middle of the gardens to my partner's flat.

I had to walk through a group of approximately 20 teenagers who were clearly drunk and very loud. But what distressed me most was that all around them, on the path and grass, were flowers, freshly ripped out of the surrounding beds.

I read a recent letter in the Journal from a gentleman who explained a similar experience in the Magnolia Centre.

I am afraid that, since having a flick-knife pulled on me by a 15-year-old boy in The Strand a couple of years ago, that I'm not brave enough to stand up and confront a group of youths about the destruction they've caused.

I'm only 25 years old and actually frightened to walk across public places in my own town.

What happened to the safe and friendly Exmouth I grew up in?

What makes me angry is that surely these areas are covered by CCTV. Do the police see what's happening and choose to ignore it? By taking no action against these people, they are effectively condoning this loutish behaviour, which is intimidating to the decent local residents and off-putting to visitors.

What a shame it is that the minority are ruining our town for the majority.

While we are not the only town with this type of problem, the apparent lack of interest and obvious lack of action from the police is disgusting.

I am also curious as to where exactly these kids' parents think their children are. I only wish that these kids had as much pride in Exmouth as I did when I was growing up and that the police had enough pride in Exmouth to do something about those who don't.

Miss Teri Oliver,

Churchill road,

Exmouth.

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