Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Coach load of enthusiasts were already ‘tanked up’ when they arrived in Axminster, says Mayor
A coach load of drunken rugby enthusiasts have been condemned for their shameful behaviour in Axminster.
Mayor Andrew Moulding said members of the group had been seen urinating in gardens and even inside the launderette, in South Street.
Speaking during the police briefing at last week’s town council meeting, he said he encountered the men while driving home to Musbury at around 6.15pm on Saturday, March 2.
He said their coach was outside the Red Lion and they were in the middle of the road, obviously drunk.
He said he did not see any fracas taking place and continued home where he received phone calls from concerned residents – one reporting people urinating in his South Street garden.
“The man said people were also going in the launderette and urinating and they were causing mayhem, so he had called the police,” said Cllr Moulding.
Police Community Support Officer Andy Trott told the meeting he and PC Simon Rodgers attended the incident but by the time they got there the coach party - a rugby group from outside the town - was leaving.
He said they stopped them in Trinity Square but could not identify the culprits so gave them advice about their behaviour and sent them on their way.
Cllr Moulding said it was a shame for the Red Lion, which had come in for some criticism recently, as this was no fault of theirs.
“They were already tanked up by the time they arrived,” he said.
The meeting also heard concern about ‘boy racers’ keeping people awake with their late night antics in Axminster.
A resident from Lyme Road said they continued to speed up and down at night and he had got fed up dialling the police on 101, waiting for up to ten minutes for someone to reply.
PCSO Trott said speed checks were being carried out in the area at night and local officers were being equipped with devices to test for excessively loud exhaust systems, which broke the law.
On a brighter note he said crime levels overall in the town and rural area around Axminster were down 0.7 per cent during the past year.
But violent crime had increased, up from 80 to 109 incidents (36.3 per cent more) and burglaries were up 23 per cent. But theft from vehicles was down 40 per cent and there had been less criminal damage report – a decrease of 2.2 per cent.
Last month there were 26 recorded incidents in Axminster town compared to 42 in February, the previous year – a decrease of 47 per cent.