Police hunting for roof-climbing teenager who damaged CCTV camera in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 11:15 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:43 11 June 2018

Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the incident. Stock image.

Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the incident. Stock image.


The hunt is on for a teenager who damaged a CCTV camera which was catching him and two others scaling the roof of a well-known Honiton business.

Town PCSO Richard Shelton said the incident has cost the High Street business, hundreds of pounds in repairs.

The incident, which happened on Saturday, June 2, at around 9pm, is the latest in a long line of issues caused by youths climbing onto rooftops in Honiton.

Mr Shelton said: “The camera picked up three youths all wearing hoodies climbing on the roof. They all had their hoods pulled up over their faces.

“One youth moved the camera in such a way that it is pointing at a wall. It is a sensor camera - and now those sensors do not work anymore.”

Mr Shelton said the teenagers were thought to be aged between 14 and 18.

He said the youth which damaged to the camera looked to have ‘shortish brown hair’, but hopes members of the public could point him out to police because of his attire.

Mr Shelton added: “He was wearing a dark purple hoodie which has ‘Animal’ written in white and down the sleeve.

“This is criminal damage which has cost a business a lot of money.

“We are concerned for the safety of anyone on roofs.

“Some of the nearby local businesses have taken grounds to stop youngsters climbing on their roofs by putting better security in place.”

Anyone who can assist police in their search for the teen is asked to call 101, quoting CR/049093/18.

Police are continuing to clamp down on roof-climbing incidents.

A number of teenagers have been dealt Acceptable Behaviour Contracts - an early intervention made against individuals perceived to be engaging in anti-social behaviour - in recent months after being caught.

The craze has even led to two youths facing magistrates after they were spotted on the roof at Honiton Community College.

The youngsters, one aged 14 and the other aged 16, admitted causing criminal damage when they appeared in court earlier this year. Both teens were sentenced to six-month youth offender services and ordered to pay £20 in costs each.

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