Car tyre yobs told to pump them up again

A GROUP of drunken men who let down dozens of car tyres in Weymouth were forced to pump them back up again.

The culprits were driven to Asda by police to buy a pump after officers tracked them to a seafront guesthouse.

And two of the three men returned later to finish the job when the pump they were using broke.

Police said the men were remorseful and praised them for doing the right thing.

Dorset Police received a report early yesterday of tyres being let down in Custom House Quay.

Investigations revealed about 15 cars around the harbourside and on the Esplanade behind Alexandra Gardens had been targeted by three men.

The men, believed to be contractors, were staying at Aaran House guesthouse and had been out drinking when they decided to let down the tyres.

Jim Groves of Aaran House said the men involved were aged in their mid-20s.

Mr Groves and some of his guests were among those whose cars were targeted.

He said: “It’s all praise to the police who were here quickly and were able to resolve the situation. They acted promptly and efficiently.”

Teresa Nicol of the nearby Cavendish House guest house said: “We were putting the rubbish out when we noticed the front tyres of a neighbour’s car were as flat as a pancake.

“Then we noticed more along the road. We spoke to a neighbour who said three contractors staying locally had got drunk and let down the tyres. The police found them and said they’d let them go if they put it right. I found it a bit weird the police just let them go like that.

“I suppose if the tyres had been slashed it would be different.”

A Dorset Police spokesman said the damage was linked to three men ‘under the influence of alcohol’.

The spokesman said: “Officers advised the offenders that they needed to re-inflate the tyres and they escorted them to the supermarket to buy a foot pump.

“They returned to the scene and police remained to ensure the tyres were re-inflated.

“Unfortunately the pump broke so the men were made to leave notes on the remaining vehicles advising the owners to check their tyre pressures.

“Details of the three men were recorded. Police vehicle examiners returned in the morning to help re-inflate the tyres of the remaining vehicles.

“Two of the offenders returned to assist them.”

Inspector Les Fry of Dorset Police said: “This is a good news story showing offenders recognising that they had made an error, wanting to put right the inconvenience caused by their actions. The two men who returned are remorseful and have done as much as they can to help the police to put right their wrongdoings.”

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3:44pm Sat 18 Aug 12

cj07589 says...

Presumably plenty of alcohol played a part here, at least they corrected their mindless and thoughtless actions.
Presumably plenty of alcohol played a part here, at least they corrected their mindless and thoughtless actions. cj07589
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4:55pm Sat 18 Aug 12

Giblet says...

Give 'em the chair.
Give 'em the chair. Giblet
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5:34pm Sat 18 Aug 12

I'mavoter says...

Very sensible result, saving hours of court time for a slap on the wrist.
Full marks to the police for their sensible approach.
Very sensible result, saving hours of court time for a slap on the wrist. Full marks to the police for their sensible approach. I'mavoter
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7:48pm Sat 18 Aug 12

muttleyhanna says...

There is a lesson to be learnt here, never buy a foot pump from Asda.
There is a lesson to be learnt here, never buy a foot pump from Asda. muttleyhanna
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8:11pm Sat 18 Aug 12

Rodwellocal says...

Had a similar experience when I was 'in the job', in Bournemouth many years ago. A group of lads on a night out pulled a load of plants out of pots in Old Christchurch road. We simply got them to collect them up & replant them, with suitable words of advice given.
Practical policing rather than pointless time consuming beaurocracy. I'm glad to see it still exists.
Had a similar experience when I was 'in the job', in Bournemouth many years ago. A group of lads on a night out pulled a load of plants out of pots in Old Christchurch road. We simply got them to collect them up & replant them, with suitable words of advice given. Practical policing rather than pointless time consuming beaurocracy. I'm glad to see it still exists. Rodwellocal
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8:47pm Sat 18 Aug 12

Merrittpr says...

Sensible policing well done to all those involved in making this apt decision.
Sensible policing well done to all those involved in making this apt decision. Merrittpr
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9:53pm Sat 18 Aug 12

annotator1 says...

“I suppose if the tyres had been slashed it would be different.”

I should say so, that would be criminal damage.
Who wrote that line?
“I suppose if the tyres had been slashed it would be different.” I should say so, that would be criminal damage. Who wrote that line? annotator1
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10:31pm Sat 18 Aug 12

WEAMOL says...

Well done!
Well done! WEAMOL
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11:41am Sun 19 Aug 12

keeman says...

I hope the police will continue to monitor the situation. Leaving a car sitting on flat tyres can damage them to the extent they become unservisable.
I hope the police will continue to monitor the situation. Leaving a car sitting on flat tyres can damage them to the extent they become unservisable. keeman
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3:00pm Sun 19 Aug 12

dave.flowers says...

I'mavoter wrote:
Very sensible result, saving hours of court time for a slap on the wrist.
Full marks to the police for their sensible approach.
I fully agree with your statement, sensible use of policing and if the peeps that come out of the clubs, were told to clean their own vomit and urine, each and every time Weymouth would be a cleaner place very quickly,
Where do I get this idea from, well visit Torquay, the police there carry in their vehicles mops and buckets, sand and shovels for cleaning up of the above, your choice: clean it up or £80 fixed fine
[quote][p][bold]I'mavoter[/bold] wrote: Very sensible result, saving hours of court time for a slap on the wrist. Full marks to the police for their sensible approach.[/p][/quote]I fully agree with your statement, sensible use of policing and if the peeps that come out of the clubs, were told to clean their own vomit and urine, each and every time Weymouth would be a cleaner place very quickly, Where do I get this idea from, well visit Torquay, the police there carry in their vehicles mops and buckets, sand and shovels for cleaning up of the above, your choice: clean it up or £80 fixed fine dave.flowers
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7:08pm Sun 19 Aug 12

ksmain says...

I would like to see more of this type of practical solution to petty crime, rather than the courts wasting a lot of time, and the victim being out of pocket.

A few years ago I had a front side window on my car smashed. They caught the 10 year old who did it - partly due to my detective work. All the little yobbo got was to be bound over for 12 months to the value of £50, and it wasnt the first time he'd been caught. Meanwhile it cost me £50 to get the window repaired, so I ended up out of pocket.

What I would like to have seen was his mother, who was on benefits to be taken by the police on Tuesday to collect her benefits and take out the £50 it cost me to repair my car, rather than the courts waste time 'binding him over'. Apart from that, it would have hit him and his family where it hurt most, in the pocket, and any subsequent hardship will have probably served a far more valuable lesson.
I would like to see more of this type of practical solution to petty crime, rather than the courts wasting a lot of time, and the victim being out of pocket. A few years ago I had a front side window on my car smashed. They caught the 10 year old who did it - partly due to my detective work. All the little yobbo got was to be bound over for 12 months to the value of £50, and it wasnt the first time he'd been caught. Meanwhile it cost me £50 to get the window repaired, so I ended up out of pocket. What I would like to have seen was his mother, who was on benefits to be taken by the police on Tuesday to collect her benefits and take out the £50 it cost me to repair my car, rather than the courts waste time 'binding him over'. Apart from that, it would have hit him and his family where it hurt most, in the pocket, and any subsequent hardship will have probably served a far more valuable lesson. ksmain
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8:47am Mon 20 Aug 12

Wykeite says...

dave.flowers wrote:
I'mavoter wrote:
Very sensible result, saving hours of court time for a slap on the wrist.
Full marks to the police for their sensible approach.
I fully agree with your statement, sensible use of policing and if the peeps that come out of the clubs, were told to clean their own vomit and urine, each and every time Weymouth would be a cleaner place very quickly,
Where do I get this idea from, well visit Torquay, the police there carry in their vehicles mops and buckets, sand and shovels for cleaning up of the above, your choice: clean it up or £80 fixed fine
Clean it up and fine them would be a better approach.
[quote][p][bold]dave.flowers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I'mavoter[/bold] wrote: Very sensible result, saving hours of court time for a slap on the wrist. Full marks to the police for their sensible approach.[/p][/quote]I fully agree with your statement, sensible use of policing and if the peeps that come out of the clubs, were told to clean their own vomit and urine, each and every time Weymouth would be a cleaner place very quickly, Where do I get this idea from, well visit Torquay, the police there carry in their vehicles mops and buckets, sand and shovels for cleaning up of the above, your choice: clean it up or £80 fixed fine[/p][/quote]Clean it up and fine them would be a better approach. Wykeite
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10:49am Mon 20 Aug 12

R950 says...

A bit of good old fashioned (but effective) policing.
Top marks to the police on this one from me
A bit of good old fashioned (but effective) policing. Top marks to the police on this one from me R950
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10:52am Mon 20 Aug 12

stench says...

Wykeite wrote:
dave.flowers wrote:
I'mavoter wrote: Very sensible result, saving hours of court time for a slap on the wrist. Full marks to the police for their sensible approach.
I fully agree with your statement, sensible use of policing and if the peeps that come out of the clubs, were told to clean their own vomit and urine, each and every time Weymouth would be a cleaner place very quickly, Where do I get this idea from, well visit Torquay, the police there carry in their vehicles mops and buckets, sand and shovels for cleaning up of the above, your choice: clean it up or £80 fixed fine
Clean it up and fine them would be a better approach.
G U M P!
[quote][p][bold]Wykeite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dave.flowers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I'mavoter[/bold] wrote: Very sensible result, saving hours of court time for a slap on the wrist. Full marks to the police for their sensible approach.[/p][/quote]I fully agree with your statement, sensible use of policing and if the peeps that come out of the clubs, were told to clean their own vomit and urine, each and every time Weymouth would be a cleaner place very quickly, Where do I get this idea from, well visit Torquay, the police there carry in their vehicles mops and buckets, sand and shovels for cleaning up of the above, your choice: clean it up or £80 fixed fine[/p][/quote]Clean it up and fine them would be a better approach.[/p][/quote]G U M P! stench
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10:53am Mon 20 Aug 12

R950 says...

muttleyhanna wrote:
There is a lesson to be learnt here, never buy a foot pump from Asda.
Simples - take it back for a refund -. "Not fit for purpose"
[quote][p][bold]muttleyhanna[/bold] wrote: There is a lesson to be learnt here, never buy a foot pump from Asda.[/p][/quote]Simples - take it back for a refund -. "Not fit for purpose" R950
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