Six young hooligans handed car park ban in Rochford

Southend Standard: Target - Boleyn House, in Roche Close, Rochford Target - Boleyn House, in Roche Close, Rochford

SIX youths have been banned from an underground car park in Rochford after terrorising residents and businesses.

The youngsters have been made to sign acceptable behaviour contracts by police after a string of incidents affecting people living and working at Boleyn House, in Roche Close, Rochford.

The youths are blamed for setting rubbish alight and causing criminal damage over several months.

Issues came to a head in January, when £2,000 of damage was caused in the area.

Claire Downes is a senior beauty therapist at Diamond Beauty, next door to the residents’ entrance to the flats.

She said: “We’ve had to walk customers to their cars because they felt so unsafe.

“Only a couple of weeks ago, I saw two police officers chasing some kids around here.

“It used to be especially in the evenings and in the winter.

They’d kick a ball against the glass windows. It’s calmed down with the lighter evenings, though.”

A total of 16 youngsters had been identified as being in the car park since November last year, with neighbourhood police having written to all their parents.

The property management company at the flats, which sit above a row of businesses on the ground floor, has also been patrolling the car park – which is for customers of the Co-op supermarket.

Six youngsters have now signed the contracts, formally banning them from the car park.

Paul Wilson, who lives in Boleyn House, said: “They’ve changed it so only residents can get into the stairwell now.

“We used to be able to smell smoke from what they were doing at the bottom of the stairwell.”

Keith Gordon, Conservative councillor for Rochford ward, said: “We have had a lot of problems with Boleyn House.

“We’ve had discussions with the police, the property management company and even the MP has been involved.”

A police spokesman said: “There has been a considerable reduction in nuisance in this location in the last couple of weeks.”

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8:48am Fri 2 May 14

Roch243 says...

They probably can't be named 'for legal reasons'. Personally I would plaster their photos up all over Rochford.
They probably can't be named 'for legal reasons'. Personally I would plaster their photos up all over Rochford. Roch243
  • Score: 27

9:39am Fri 2 May 14

pembury53 says...

bored, idle youth, moved on, until the next ticking off.....
bored, idle youth, moved on, until the next ticking off..... pembury53
  • Score: 19

2:58pm Fri 2 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

They need a good old fashioned fist and leather whacking, issue some fat lips and thick ears, let them keep their teeth this time, but give them the warning...
They need a good old fashioned fist and leather whacking, issue some fat lips and thick ears, let them keep their teeth this time, but give them the warning... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 17

3:12pm Fri 2 May 14

the25man says...

Don't just blame the kids blame the way the area was planned and built.
With lots of hiding places of course you get trouble. Writing to the parents won't do that much good as half the time they either don't know where there kids are or don't care.
Don't just blame the kids blame the way the area was planned and built. With lots of hiding places of course you get trouble. Writing to the parents won't do that much good as half the time they either don't know where there kids are or don't care. the25man
  • Score: -10

3:15pm Fri 2 May 14

the25man says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
They need a good old fashioned fist and leather whacking, issue some fat lips and thick ears, let them keep their teeth this time, but give them the warning...
Good idea mate but not allowed even the parents would be done
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: They need a good old fashioned fist and leather whacking, issue some fat lips and thick ears, let them keep their teeth this time, but give them the warning...[/p][/quote]Good idea mate but not allowed even the parents would be done the25man
  • Score: 2

6:52pm Fri 2 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Roch243 wrote:
They probably can't be named 'for legal reasons'. Personally I would plaster their photos up all over Rochford.
Of course. Their ID's need to be protected. If they don't then the police are breaking the law or whoever published the photos.
[quote][p][bold]Roch243[/bold] wrote: They probably can't be named 'for legal reasons'. Personally I would plaster their photos up all over Rochford.[/p][/quote]Of course. Their ID's need to be protected. If they don't then the police are breaking the law or whoever published the photos. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -9

10:46am Sat 3 May 14

FlintstoneFredFlintstone007 says...

...." have signed contracts banning them from the car park" , yeah and that's going to work . If they're too young to have their identities revealed, then they are also too young legally to have these "contracts " enforced . Who thinks up this poo ?
...." have signed contracts banning them from the car park" , yeah and that's going to work . If they're too young to have their identities revealed, then they are also too young legally to have these "contracts " enforced . Who thinks up this poo ? FlintstoneFredFlintstone007
  • Score: 1

8:27am Mon 5 May 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Hope they dont come round my way Show us photographs of them so we can be aware. Not bored,not idle, just plain rude and ignorant and have not been brought up to respect other people and their property. Parents who dont know where they are and just dont care anyway. Most proberly be in young offenders next, then prision. Never having anything of their own so they steal and ruin other peoples property. Seen them loitering around Rochford Square, thought loitering was a crime , was in my day and should be now.
Hope they dont come round my way Show us photographs of them so we can be aware. Not bored,not idle, just plain rude and ignorant and have not been brought up to respect other people and their property. Parents who dont know where they are and just dont care anyway. Most proberly be in young offenders next, then prision. Never having anything of their own so they steal and ruin other peoples property. Seen them loitering around Rochford Square, thought loitering was a crime , was in my day and should be now. CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 1

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