Vandals smash their way into Olympic village homes on Portland

Vandals smash their way into Olympic village homes on Portland

VANDAL ATTACK: The damage to one of the door frames

EXTENSIVE DAMAGE: The garage door

PORTLAND MAYOR: Sylvia Bradley

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TWO youths aged 14 and 16 have been arrested after vandals smashed their way into homes at the Olympic Village on Portland causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Damage was caused to buildings in the award-winning Officers Field development, which housed hundreds of athletes and officials during the Games.

They are now empty and waiting to be sold.

A number of properties under construction on Castle Road were targeted and although nothing was taken, the offenders caused extensive damage to the outside of the buildings.

Two youths aged 14 and 16 have been arrested in connection with the offence and released on bail. Police are now appealing for information from the community.

Craig Bates, project manager for developer ZeroC, said it was a ‘malicious and mindless’ crime.

He said: “Four or five of our properties were targeted, the burglars tried to force open the front doors and garage doors.

“They didn’t manage to get inside because the houses have been built so securely.

“The doors were damaged in the process, some of the frames had been crowbarred.

“It’s mindless and there’s nothing worth breaking in for because the houses are empty.

“I think it was malicious and they were trying to break in to do more damage.”

Mr Bates added: “We want to see the culprits brought to justice.

“We would appreciate any assistance from the public that would help the police and lead to a successful prosecution.

“The total cost of the damage is around £6,000 and now there will be a time delay for the development.”

PC Steve Morris of Portland police said: “I am appealing for anyone who may have seen this incident take place, or may have information regarding those involved to contact police as soon as possible. This callous crime has caused an untold amount of disruption to the building firm working on the site.

“They have not only had to foot the bill to repair the damage, but have also had to pay for security to guard the site until March.”

Portland Mayor Councillor Sylvia Bradley said: “This has been a positive project for the island and it’s absolutely disgusting that someone has done this.

“It’s ridiculous and disgusting to break into any building, whether someone is in it or not.”

Anyone with information about the attack is urged to telephone Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 18:414 or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Olympic Project Scooped A Top Accolade

ZeroC’s Officers Field development at Osprey Quay, Portland won the prestigious Housing Project of the Year award at the Building Awards 2012.

The Building Awards are considered to be the ‘Oscars’ of the construction industry.

Dorchester-based ZeroC completed the build of the 77 homes at Officers Field, Osprey Quay, earlier this year and leased the homes to the London 2012 Olympics to be used as the athlete’s village for the Olympic sailing events.

More than 600 athletes and officials were housed in the village for both the main Olympic events and the Paralympics.

Now the Olympics are finished, 19 of the houses are being transferred to Magna Housing Association and the remaining 59 are being sold privately.

Details of the homes that are still available can be found on the Officers Field website officersfield.com

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10:24am Mon 29 Oct 12

maximan says...

Ahh well not going to condone the idiots....but get use to the properties getting run down once the Housing Association moves in the cast of "Shameless"
Ahh well not going to condone the idiots....but get use to the properties getting run down once the Housing Association moves in the cast of "Shameless" maximan
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10:43am Mon 29 Oct 12

Weyexile says...

"They are now empty and waiting to be sold."

What's the going rate for vandals these days then?
"They are now empty and waiting to be sold." What's the going rate for vandals these days then? Weyexile
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11:31am Mon 29 Oct 12

DickDastardly says...

Start naming and shaming the parents of these Chavs.
Start naming and shaming the parents of these Chavs. DickDastardly
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12:58pm Mon 29 Oct 12

GMax says...

DickDastardly wrote:
Start naming and shaming the parents of these Chavs.
Not just name and shame them, make sure that THEY pay for the damage.
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GMax.
[quote][p][bold]DickDastardly[/bold] wrote: Start naming and shaming the parents of these Chavs.[/p][/quote]Not just name and shame them, make sure that THEY pay for the damage. . GMax. GMax
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12:59pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Islandjim says...

I must admit as soon as I read this article I came up with my own alternative headline. "Portland youths vent anger at loss of open space and local playing fields". Obviously no excuses for what they did plus how stupid do you have to be to risk getting caught breaking into an empty house!
On the plus side its nice that the secure by design standards of the development have been properly tested! If only they had been educated in a drafty old MOD building with bad access out Southwell, in open plan classrooms this never would have happened!
I must admit as soon as I read this article I came up with my own alternative headline. "Portland youths vent anger at loss of open space and local playing fields". Obviously no excuses for what they did plus how stupid do you have to be to risk getting caught breaking into an empty house! On the plus side its nice that the secure by design standards of the development have been properly tested! If only they had been educated in a drafty old MOD building with bad access out Southwell, in open plan classrooms this never would have happened! Islandjim
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1:54pm Mon 29 Oct 12

JamesYoung says...

DickDastardly wrote:
Start naming and shaming the parents of these Chavs.
If you watched the documentary "Exposure" recently, which looked at trouble on a Grimsby estate, you'll be well aware that some of the parents think that victims of anti social behaviour and petty crime are entirely responsible, because they complain when they are targeted.
[quote][p][bold]DickDastardly[/bold] wrote: Start naming and shaming the parents of these Chavs.[/p][/quote]If you watched the documentary "Exposure" recently, which looked at trouble on a Grimsby estate, you'll be well aware that some of the parents think that victims of anti social behaviour and petty crime are entirely responsible, because they complain when they are targeted. JamesYoung
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7:37pm Mon 29 Oct 12

portland rebel says...

the biggest crime was allowing this ghetto to be built on a playing field in the first place.
the biggest crime was allowing this ghetto to be built on a playing field in the first place. portland rebel
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9:57pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Dave Aitch says...

My understanding is that the area previously occupied by the athletes dining area marquee, is to be restored as a playing field. Just have to wait and see.
My understanding is that the area previously occupied by the athletes dining area marquee, is to be restored as a playing field. Just have to wait and see. Dave Aitch
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10:49pm Mon 29 Oct 12

jenroy says...

Nothing surprises me anymore at Weymouth and Portland The crime I read about is so sad. When I lived there in the seventy's it was a great place
live. especially in Weymouth.
Nothing surprises me anymore at Weymouth and Portland The crime I read about is so sad. When I lived there in the seventy's it was a great place live. especially in Weymouth. jenroy
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8:42am Tue 30 Oct 12

Islandjim says...

jbennett75060 wrote:
Dave Aitch wrote:
My understanding is that the area previously occupied by the athletes dining area marquee, is to be restored as a playing field. Just have to wait and see.
Dave, I believe that is correct. Not sure why people have to moan so much about the development to be honest.

The playing field will still be a fair size, and the development provides affordable housing to the local area; I am buying a house here and currently live in Weymouth, I saved up for the deposit for 4+ years and found it a major struggle to find any house I could afford with good size rooms, allocated parking and a fair garden prior to this development.

Furthermore, 75% of the houses will be privately owned with a monthly maintenance fee to keep the area looking nice...and hopefully they are selective about the people that get social housing at Officers Field. I cannot see it being a "Shameless" affair.
It all depends on what your view of affordable is. £245,000 for a 3 bed house defiantly isn't mine. On Portland you can pick up 4 bed Victorian terraces with fair gardens for £100,000 less than that. Obviously all down to personal preference at the end of the day, if you can afford to pay the new build premium and want hassle free living for a few years then i can see the lure of this kind off development. Its always interesting to see how developments like this age, wait until the render and stone gets abit grubby, the painted timber windows get tatty, people start parking where they want and the place gets that lived in/social housing look.
[quote][p][bold]jbennett75060[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave Aitch[/bold] wrote: My understanding is that the area previously occupied by the athletes dining area marquee, is to be restored as a playing field. Just have to wait and see.[/p][/quote]Dave, I believe that is correct. Not sure why people have to moan so much about the development to be honest. The playing field will still be a fair size, and the development provides affordable housing to the local area; I am buying a house here and currently live in Weymouth, I saved up for the deposit for 4+ years and found it a major struggle to find any house I could afford with good size rooms, allocated parking and a fair garden prior to this development. Furthermore, 75% of the houses will be privately owned with a monthly maintenance fee to keep the area looking nice...and hopefully they are selective about the people that get social housing at Officers Field. I cannot see it being a "Shameless" affair.[/p][/quote]It all depends on what your view of affordable is. £245,000 for a 3 bed house defiantly isn't mine. On Portland you can pick up 4 bed Victorian terraces with fair gardens for £100,000 less than that. Obviously all down to personal preference at the end of the day, if you can afford to pay the new build premium and want hassle free living for a few years then i can see the lure of this kind off development. Its always interesting to see how developments like this age, wait until the render and stone gets abit grubby, the painted timber windows get tatty, people start parking where they want and the place gets that lived in/social housing look. Islandjim
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11:14am Tue 30 Oct 12

portland rebel says...

Dave Aitch wrote:
My understanding is that the area previously occupied by the athletes dining area marquee, is to be restored as a playing field. Just have to wait and see.
that was the original agreement but i believe that they are now planning to build on that to, and compared to the rest of the island they are non affordable.
[quote][p][bold]Dave Aitch[/bold] wrote: My understanding is that the area previously occupied by the athletes dining area marquee, is to be restored as a playing field. Just have to wait and see.[/p][/quote]that was the original agreement but i believe that they are now planning to build on that to, and compared to the rest of the island they are non affordable. portland rebel
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12:15pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Islandjim says...

portland rebel wrote:
Dave Aitch wrote:
My understanding is that the area previously occupied by the athletes dining area marquee, is to be restored as a playing field. Just have to wait and see.
that was the original agreement but i believe that they are now planning to build on that to, and compared to the rest of the island they are non affordable.
Just interested to know where you have gained this believed information from, its all to often Portland residents falls foul of rumors and untruths and as a result completely miss whats actually happening! Although i'm not a fan of the development I have not seen or heard anything that suggests any additional planning permissions have been granted or even considered with regards to the playing field?
[quote][p][bold]portland rebel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave Aitch[/bold] wrote: My understanding is that the area previously occupied by the athletes dining area marquee, is to be restored as a playing field. Just have to wait and see.[/p][/quote]that was the original agreement but i believe that they are now planning to build on that to, and compared to the rest of the island they are non affordable.[/p][/quote]Just interested to know where you have gained this believed information from, its all to often Portland residents falls foul of rumors and untruths and as a result completely miss whats actually happening! Although i'm not a fan of the development I have not seen or heard anything that suggests any additional planning permissions have been granted or even considered with regards to the playing field? Islandjim
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7:41pm Tue 30 Oct 12

jbennett75060 says...

Islandjim wrote:
jbennett75060 wrote:
Dave Aitch wrote:
My understanding is that the area previously occupied by the athletes dining area marquee, is to be restored as a playing field. Just have to wait and see.
Dave, I believe that is correct. Not sure why people have to moan so much about the development to be honest.

The playing field will still be a fair size, and the development provides affordable housing to the local area; I am buying a house here and currently live in Weymouth, I saved up for the deposit for 4+ years and found it a major struggle to find any house I could afford with good size rooms, allocated parking and a fair garden prior to this development.

Furthermore, 75% of the houses will be privately owned with a monthly maintenance fee to keep the area looking nice...and hopefully they are selective about the people that get social housing at Officers Field. I cannot see it being a "Shameless" affair.
It all depends on what your view of affordable is. £245,000 for a 3 bed house defiantly isn't mine. On Portland you can pick up 4 bed Victorian terraces with fair gardens for £100,000 less than that. Obviously all down to personal preference at the end of the day, if you can afford to pay the new build premium and want hassle free living for a few years then i can see the lure of this kind off development. Its always interesting to see how developments like this age, wait until the render and stone gets abit grubby, the painted timber windows get tatty, people start parking where they want and the place gets that lived in/social housing look.
"It all depends on what your view of affordable is. £245,000 for a 3 bed house defiantly isn't mine. On Portland you can pick up 4 bed Victorian terraces with fair gardens for £100,000 less than that."

Fair point, but compared to the prices in Weymouth I found the purchase price to be quite reasonable. I opted for a 2 bedroom house prior to the Olympics @ 150k (included 10k discount). I was hunting all over the place and didn't find many houses in Weymouth for that, without requiring quite a bit of work to get it up to the standard I am looking for.

I don't have buckets of money, and getting a fresh canvas with new kitchen (including appliances), bathroom etc was very appealing.

The last time I visited Officers Field I was informed that the remainder of the playing field will be restored, and they was laying the turf when I looked last week. I doubt they will build on this as well, the school uses the field during the day as well..
[quote][p][bold]Islandjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jbennett75060[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave Aitch[/bold] wrote: My understanding is that the area previously occupied by the athletes dining area marquee, is to be restored as a playing field. Just have to wait and see.[/p][/quote]Dave, I believe that is correct. Not sure why people have to moan so much about the development to be honest. The playing field will still be a fair size, and the development provides affordable housing to the local area; I am buying a house here and currently live in Weymouth, I saved up for the deposit for 4+ years and found it a major struggle to find any house I could afford with good size rooms, allocated parking and a fair garden prior to this development. Furthermore, 75% of the houses will be privately owned with a monthly maintenance fee to keep the area looking nice...and hopefully they are selective about the people that get social housing at Officers Field. I cannot see it being a "Shameless" affair.[/p][/quote]It all depends on what your view of affordable is. £245,000 for a 3 bed house defiantly isn't mine. On Portland you can pick up 4 bed Victorian terraces with fair gardens for £100,000 less than that. Obviously all down to personal preference at the end of the day, if you can afford to pay the new build premium and want hassle free living for a few years then i can see the lure of this kind off development. Its always interesting to see how developments like this age, wait until the render and stone gets abit grubby, the painted timber windows get tatty, people start parking where they want and the place gets that lived in/social housing look.[/p][/quote]"It all depends on what your view of affordable is. £245,000 for a 3 bed house defiantly isn't mine. On Portland you can pick up 4 bed Victorian terraces with fair gardens for £100,000 less than that." Fair point, but compared to the prices in Weymouth I found the purchase price to be quite reasonable. I opted for a 2 bedroom house prior to the Olympics @ 150k (included 10k discount). I was hunting all over the place and didn't find many houses in Weymouth for that, without requiring quite a bit of work to get it up to the standard I am looking for. I don't have buckets of money, and getting a fresh canvas with new kitchen (including appliances), bathroom etc was very appealing. The last time I visited Officers Field I was informed that the remainder of the playing field will be restored, and they was laying the turf when I looked last week. I doubt they will build on this as well, the school uses the field during the day as well.. jbennett75060
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2:13pm Fri 2 Nov 12

robtheunred says...

I walked through the Offices' Field site about a fortnight ago and wondered how long it would be before the properties were vandalised.
Members' of the Friends' of Victoria Gardens have been highlighting the endemic vandalism prevalent in the park for years.
This vandalism continued even during the Olympics when heavy security was visible at the Olympic site.
Now this vandalism has spread across the road. It is good to see that arrests have been made now that property is being damaged, hopefully the community will respond
in a positive way.
I walked through the Offices' Field site about a fortnight ago and wondered how long it would be before the properties were vandalised. Members' of the Friends' of Victoria Gardens have been highlighting the endemic vandalism prevalent in the park for years. This vandalism continued even during the Olympics when heavy security was visible at the Olympic site. Now this vandalism has spread across the road. It is good to see that arrests have been made now that property is being damaged, hopefully the community will respond in a positive way. robtheunred
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8:16pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Warren Roof says...

To the ill informed, which seems more than none plus those that have made there own minds up. the residents of officer field pay a maintenance fee for the upkeep of the area and the only strain on the council is payed through council tax. Like it or not why not embrace what you have been given in the contribution to the area and look at the plus side. When you bought/rented your house did it include the deeds to officers field, I doubt it. It's happened get over it.
To the ill informed, which seems more than none plus those that have made there own minds up. the residents of officer field pay a maintenance fee for the upkeep of the area and the only strain on the council is payed through council tax. Like it or not why not embrace what you have been given in the contribution to the area and look at the plus side. When you bought/rented your house did it include the deeds to officers field, I doubt it. It's happened get over it. Warren Roof
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