Yobs ride through Corringham library on scooters

Basildon Recorder: Under attack - Thurrock councillors Mark Coxshall, James Halden and Rob Gledhill outside Corringham Library Under attack - Thurrock councillors Mark Coxshall, James Halden and Rob Gledhill outside Corringham Library

A LIBRARY was forced to employ a security guard after yobs began targeting it during the summer holidays.

Corringham Library suffered when youngsters started going inside on scooters, threatening staff and damaging property.

Security staff left after pupils went back to school, but Danni Tate, chairman of Corringham Community Forum, fears the same harassment could happen again at every half-term and school holiday.

Ms Tate said: “It’s a library where people go for peace and quiet.

“Now the kids are back at school, the crime rate drops, but we’ve got half-term coming up, so what happens then?

“I’ve heard people won’t go into the library now.”

Ms Tate said during the height of the trouble, library staff were forced to barricade the doors to prevent abusive youths going inside.

The library, in St John’s Way, underwent a £450,000 refurbishment in 2009.

Corringham and Fobbing councillor Mark Coxshall said: “They have had a security guard outside Corringham Library throughout the summer and outside other libraries in the district.

“There are a minority of young people causing problems across Corringham, so the problem is not indicative of libraries, but of the antisocial behaviour of some young people in the town.”

A spokesman for Thurrock Council confirmed security staff had been hired and said a guard would still be at the library on Tuesdays.

The spokesman added: “Corringham Library was not alone in having security over the summer holiday period.

“Experience has shown several libraries face antisocial behaviour issues during the school break and one person was employed to travel between libraries this summer.

“Regular visits from police and police community support officers also helped maintain security.”

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8:51am Fri 14 Sep 12

Brunning999 says...

That lot look like they are posing for 'Strickly'.

And to be honest it might help with the weight problems.
That lot look like they are posing for 'Strickly'. And to be honest it might help with the weight problems. Brunning999
  • Score: -5

9:27am Fri 14 Sep 12

Russ13 says...

Perhaps a better solution would be for the police to show an interest and take these wannabe "gangsters" to task and keep on their backs until they stop acting like morons. I mean seriously, causing aggro in the local library..... that's hard isn't it boys!!

Well that would be in an ideal World which we don't live in so I guess the security guard plan's the only option.
Perhaps a better solution would be for the police to show an interest and take these wannabe "gangsters" to task and keep on their backs until they stop acting like morons. I mean seriously, causing aggro in the local library..... that's hard isn't it boys!! Well that would be in an ideal World which we don't live in so I guess the security guard plan's the only option. Russ13
  • Score: 3

11:35am Fri 14 Sep 12

Audioman says...

Bring back the BERCH or CAT'O'NINE TAILS .
Bring back the BERCH or CAT'O'NINE TAILS . Audioman
  • Score: 2

1:23pm Fri 14 Sep 12

EthanEdwards says...

Get the scooters number plates or install a speed camera.

Honestly you provide facilites to these people and they just don't appreciate them.
Get the scooters number plates or install a speed camera. Honestly you provide facilites to these people and they just don't appreciate them. EthanEdwards
  • Score: 1

2:16pm Fri 14 Sep 12

perini says...

EthanEdwards wrote:
Get the scooters number plates or install a speed camera. Honestly you provide facilites to these people and they just don't appreciate them.
No number plates on these foot powered scooters!
[quote][p][bold]EthanEdwards[/bold] wrote: Get the scooters number plates or install a speed camera. Honestly you provide facilites to these people and they just don't appreciate them.[/p][/quote]No number plates on these foot powered scooters! perini
  • Score: 0

3:45pm Fri 14 Sep 12

Brunning999 says...

What use are the Police who enforce the law and nothing happens.
What use are the Police who enforce the law and nothing happens. Brunning999
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