Call for yobs to clean up broken glass
A HONITON businesswoman says yobs who went on the rampage, smashing shop windows and damaging cars, should be made to clear up the mess.
A HONITON businesswoman says yobs who went on the rampage, smashing shop windows and damaging cars, should be made to clear up the mess.Sue Bellamy, of Bel Ami, in High Street, was lumbered with a repair bill after one of her shop windows was smashed during a night of vandalism in Honiton.Numerous businesses in High Street suffered the same inconvenience, along with householders in Mill Street where cars were attacked and litter strewn about.The damage was caused in the early hours of last Wednesday and was reported to police by witnesses."In the current economic climate, small businesses can't afford this sort of aggravation," said Mrs Bellamy."It's the dumming down of society and most unpleasant. I think those who did it should be made to clean it up."Mrs Bellamy is concerned that a victim's compensation scheme only applies if a suspect is charged with a crime."Unless someone is charged with an offence, the repair bill comes out of the victim's pocket."With insurance excesses, it can be expensive."IS it time for restorative justice to come to Honiton? Would troublemakers think twice before committing acts of criminal damage if they knew they would have to face their victims and make reparations? Start a forum on the Herald's website or send us your thoughts in an email or letter.