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Sunday, 05 July 2015

Vandalism threat to West Cumbrian town's bus shelters

Maryport could lose its bus shelters if the community does not help to stamp out vandalism, the town’s mayor said this week.

The bus shelter outside the Co-op was vandalised less than 24 hours after it had been newly painted.

Mayor Peter Kendall said workers finished refurbishing the Curzon Street shelter on Sunday, but by Monday morning vandals had scored messages into the panels.

He said: “We spent £17,000 of ratepayers’ money on bus shelters and you start to wonder if it is worth it.”

He said many places had abandoned their bus shelters after Allerdale council announced it would no longer fund them.

He added: “As a council we decided to take responsibility for ours but you can’t keep throwing money at it.”

PCSO Lisa Jackson joined Coun Kendall in urging the community to help.

She said: “This kind of crime can only be tackled with the help of people in the area.

“If anyone can give us information about who is responsible for this damage we would like to hear from them.”

Police can be contacted on the non emergency number, 101.

Have your say

Chris B and Jimmy. You are entitled to your opinion but it might help gaining a little knowledge of PSCO job roles and times of working before you comment on this as you are both wide of the mark. It is a shame you can not speak to the countless victims of crime in Maryport of the the past few years. Most recently PSCO'S have been assisting gathering information which has led to 2 of the biggest shop lifters and persons who have constantly stole items from vehilces over the past few months, which have led to these individuals being locked up. It might not be for long, that is a matter for our CPS, but without there contacts and knowledge they would not be behind bars now. I could go on and on. Yes PSCO's could be utilised better. This is a matter for the people at Carleton Hall.It is all well and good making comments on a computer. Why don't you attend the station and I am sure one of them will gladly speak to you both.

Posted by S little on 3 May 2012 at 10:00

Well said Chris B.Maryport is the forgotten town.....oh and they dont work after 8pm.....what a joke

Posted by Jimmy on 27 April 2012 at 13:02

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