Penarth Town Council heard last night that there have been yet more incidents of wanton and deliberate damage at the Kymin – and that the vandalism is continuing.
Roof tiles of the shelter at the Kymin – a frequent venue for drug-taking, underage drinking and glue-sniffing by local youths – has had several of its roofing slates smashed.
Benches at the Kymin are reported to have been “broken beyond repair”. When – just 2 days later – the council installed replacement benches, these too were deliberately vandalised and now the CCTV system has been deliberately put out of action.
In a report submitted to the council last night council officers reported that “PCSO’s” [sic] “are investigating” – but so far evidently to little effect.
On the night of March 14th 2018 (Tuesday night) – councillors were told “there were 10-15 youths up in the pavilion [i.e. shelter]” but it seems no police officers were present .
The youths put the CCTV system – which covers the Kymin – out of action and turned one of the camera units upside down. A CCTV engineer was called in yesterday to repair the cameras and was only able to restore coverage on one camera.
Combating the vandalism – councillors were told – is a “constant battle”. The Safer Vale Partnership, which controls CCTV in the area, is now considering installing a CCTV camera in the Kymin ‘pavilion’ itself but there was doubt as to whether this would be effective . Councillors heard that when CCTV was monitored, all the youths “had their hoods up – so all you see is a grey blur”.