Garage targeted by youths

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 May 2011

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WINDOWS have been smashed and equipment damaged at a Clevedon garage, where unruly teens have also broken in and pelted passers-by with water bombs.

Youngsters have been regularly breaking into the back of Kwik Fit in Kenn Road where building work is currently taking place to create a new MOT and service bay.

Since the work began two months ago, the business has suffered numerous problems with youngsters causing criminal damage.

Newly-built walls have been knocked down, windows to a fork lift truck have been smashed and damage has been caused to the flat above the garage.

The culprits have even been spotted throwing water bombs from the upstairs window of the property.

Manager Tim Lewis said: “This has cost the business quite a bit of money.

“The new MOT and service bay should have been completed by now but it has been delayed.

“It will now open in about three weeks time.

“This has had an impact on the business as we have had to pay for extra labour.

“We are going to have to pay for the damage made to some of the machines as well.”

The problems have been reported to the police by garage staff and also by nearby residents disturbed by the noisy youths, who have also been spotted throwing scrap tyres around the garage forecourt.

At a meeting of Clevedon PACT (Partners and Communities Together) on May 10, PC Matt Christie said the Clevedon beat team is working with partner agencies, including social services and support workers at The Barn, to tackle problems, such as antisocial behaviour and criminal damage, being created by a certain few youths in the town.

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