Club left trashed by drunken mob

Swindon Advertiser: Photographs showing some of the criminal damage to buildinig in Purton Photographs showing some of the criminal damage to buildinig in Purton

Vandals trashed a tennis club’s changing rooms in Purton, leaving the community shellshocked.

Wiltshire Police were called to the Working Men’s Club in Station Road on Saturday after a group of at least 100 drunk youths tried to gatecrash a party.

Officers were at the scene within minutes of receiving the call at 9.13pm and the youths were ejected from the party, which had spiralled out of control.

A number of them were collected in taxis called by police and others were collected by friends and families, but some smaller groups remained in the area.

It is thought that some of these youths then forced their way into the Purton football club house and the changing rooms of the tennis club.

Doors were kicked in, tiles were smashed and mirrors were shattered as well as amenities being damaged in the building.

Bricks were also found in the showers and debris was left strewn across the clubhouse steps.

It is also thought they started a small fire at the site, and at around 12.30am Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service were called out.

Crime scene investigators then attended the scene and recovered forensic material that would not have been left behind by regular users of the facilities.

Wiltshire Police have urged the people responsible to come forward and own up to the damage.

Martin Alvis, beat manager at Royal Wootton Bassett, said: “We were extremely disappointed considering the location and we would press on the consciences of the people involved to come forward.

“Purton is a small, close-knit and friendly community and it’s extremely disappointing when people work hard to provide a service to see it attacked like this.”

Police are appealing to anyone with information about the incident to come forward and contact Wiltshire Police on 101 quoting reference 54130114922 as soon as possible.

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6:59am Wed 4 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Why the surprise, that's what drunken morons do. Until such time as we have proper justice for anti social behaviour it will just continue and grow.
Why the surprise, that's what drunken morons do. Until such time as we have proper justice for anti social behaviour it will just continue and grow. house on the hill

7:35am Wed 4 Dec 13

The Witch says...

Bring back the village stocks and let the public deal with them! Some of these will most likely be under age drinkers who will not even be able to be named and shamed if caught.
Bring back the village stocks and let the public deal with them! Some of these will most likely be under age drinkers who will not even be able to be named and shamed if caught. The Witch

8:04am Wed 4 Dec 13

umpcah says...

Wiltshire Police have urged that those responsible come forward and own up ! What are the chances of these morons doing that ? Nil or less ?
Wiltshire Police have urged that those responsible come forward and own up ! What are the chances of these morons doing that ? Nil or less ? umpcah

8:24am Wed 4 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Most of them probably can't read so putting up signs wont help.
Most of them probably can't read so putting up signs wont help. house on the hill

8:56am Wed 4 Dec 13

Davey Gravey says...

Name and shame them. Shouldn't be too hard indentifying them. Heavy fines and community service should be issued
Name and shame them. Shouldn't be too hard indentifying them. Heavy fines and community service should be issued Davey Gravey

9:05am Wed 4 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Even if they were to come forward, absolutely nothing whatsoever will come of it. They'd be let off scot free by the courts, guaranteed.

And that's one of the primary reasons these people do these things in the first place.

If we want to see less of this kind of behaviour, we first need to put a stop to the behaviour of our local judiciary. Don't hold your breath as it would appear they are wholly unaccountable and untouchable, even by our elected MPs.
Even if they were to come forward, absolutely nothing whatsoever will come of it. They'd be let off scot free by the courts, guaranteed. And that's one of the primary reasons these people do these things in the first place. If we want to see less of this kind of behaviour, we first need to put a stop to the behaviour of our local judiciary. Don't hold your breath as it would appear they are wholly unaccountable and untouchable, even by our elected MPs. Ringer

9:09am Wed 4 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Name and shame them. Shouldn't be too hard indentifying them. Heavy fines and community service should be issued
Yeah, good idea. Heavy fines for young kids who have no money to pay them back and community service which they won't bother turning up for and will weasel out of quite easily.

That'll teach 'em. Not.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Name and shame them. Shouldn't be too hard indentifying them. Heavy fines and community service should be issued[/p][/quote]Yeah, good idea. Heavy fines for young kids who have no money to pay them back and community service which they won't bother turning up for and will weasel out of quite easily. That'll teach 'em. Not. Ringer

9:34am Wed 4 Dec 13

PJC says...

'A number of them were collected in taxis called by police and others were collected by friends and families, but some smaller groups remained in the area.'
Why weren't they all arrested? Oh yeah, too much paperwork!.....
'A number of them were collected in taxis called by police and others were collected by friends and families, but some smaller groups remained in the area.' Why weren't they all arrested? Oh yeah, too much paperwork!..... PJC

10:48am Wed 4 Dec 13

Davey Gravey says...

Ringer wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Name and shame them. Shouldn't be too hard indentifying them. Heavy fines and community service should be issued
Yeah, good idea. Heavy fines for young kids who have no money to pay them back and community service which they won't bother turning up for and will weasel out of quite easily.

That'll teach 'em. Not.
Obviously if they didn't do the punishment then they should go to jail for being in breach of it. I would guess that many of them come from decent families and their parents would be disgusted by their drunken actions.
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Name and shame them. Shouldn't be too hard indentifying them. Heavy fines and community service should be issued[/p][/quote]Yeah, good idea. Heavy fines for young kids who have no money to pay them back and community service which they won't bother turning up for and will weasel out of quite easily. That'll teach 'em. Not.[/p][/quote]Obviously if they didn't do the punishment then they should go to jail for being in breach of it. I would guess that many of them come from decent families and their parents would be disgusted by their drunken actions. Davey Gravey

11:05am Wed 4 Dec 13

Ringer says...


Obviously if they didn't do the punishment then they should go to jail for being in breach of it.


Well, yes, we would think that would be 'obvious'. Unfortunately, the local judiciary have other ideas.

In much the same way, we'd think it 'obvious' that criminals who've been handed a (pointless) 'suspended sentence' would have that activated when they inevitably commit, and are found guilty of, subsequent crimes.

Again, our local judiciary have other ideas.
[quote] Obviously if they didn't do the punishment then they should go to jail for being in breach of it. [/quote] Well, yes, we would think that would be 'obvious'. Unfortunately, the local judiciary have other ideas. In much the same way, we'd think it 'obvious' that criminals who've been handed a (pointless) 'suspended sentence' would have that activated when they inevitably commit, and are found guilty of, subsequent crimes. Again, our local judiciary have other ideas. Ringer

11:08am Wed 4 Dec 13

Ringer says...

This is the calibre of people we're up against, and what we're forced to pay for:

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Is it any wonder that absolutely nobody takes them seriously?
This is the calibre of people we're up against, and what we're forced to pay for: is.gd/zvprh6 Is it any wonder that absolutely nobody takes them seriously? Ringer

11:26am Wed 4 Dec 13

twasadawf says...

You can tell they came from Purton they left the gate open,
You can tell they came from Purton they left the gate open, twasadawf

11:59am Wed 4 Dec 13

RichardR1 says...

If they stopped calling this type of thing anti social behaviour and called it what it is, criminal damage, burglary etc then proper charges could be preferred.
If they stopped calling this type of thing anti social behaviour and called it what it is, criminal damage, burglary etc then proper charges could be preferred. RichardR1

1:34pm Wed 4 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

RichardR1 wrote:
If they stopped calling this type of thing anti social behaviour and called it what it is, criminal damage, burglary etc then proper charges could be preferred.
they can call it what they like but if Judges dont do their bit it wont make a blind bit of difference what the charge is. Maybe fine the parents would be the place to start!
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: If they stopped calling this type of thing anti social behaviour and called it what it is, criminal damage, burglary etc then proper charges could be preferred.[/p][/quote]they can call it what they like but if Judges dont do their bit it wont make a blind bit of difference what the charge is. Maybe fine the parents would be the place to start! house on the hill

6:47pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Localboy86 says...

Any one else bored of ringer and his lap dog always banging on about how rubbish our local judges, don't get me wrong they are right most of the time but I'm sick of them filling this site with the same old drivel, surely if they were that bothered they would do something about it?
Any one else bored of ringer and his lap dog always banging on about how rubbish our local judges, don't get me wrong they are right most of the time but I'm sick of them filling this site with the same old drivel, surely if they were that bothered they would do something about it? Localboy86

8:33pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Ellofolks says...

Localboy86 wrote:
Any one else bored of ringer and his lap dog always banging on about how rubbish our local judges, don't get me wrong they are right most of the time but I'm sick of them filling this site with the same old drivel, surely if they were that bothered they would do something about it?
Are you saying they should be arrested for littering the site? The judges will just let them off :)
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: Any one else bored of ringer and his lap dog always banging on about how rubbish our local judges, don't get me wrong they are right most of the time but I'm sick of them filling this site with the same old drivel, surely if they were that bothered they would do something about it?[/p][/quote]Are you saying they should be arrested for littering the site? The judges will just let them off :) Ellofolks

10:35pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Localboy86 says...

Lol brilliant..... Or they would get community service and not do it so they can attend bible classes see link Blah blah blah
Lol brilliant..... Or they would get community service and not do it so they can attend bible classes see link Blah blah blah Localboy86

11:09am Thu 5 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Localboy86 wrote:
Any one else bored of ringer and his lap dog always banging on about how rubbish our local judges, don't get me wrong they are right most of the time but I'm sick of them filling this site with the same old drivel, surely if they were that bothered they would do something about it?
There's nothing that can be done about it. Even our local MPs are powerless to prevent the relentless unduly lenient sentencing in our local courts and our judiciary making Swindon a less safe place.

More people need to comment about it and to know exactly what's going on in our court rooms. Eventually something will have to give.
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: Any one else bored of ringer and his lap dog always banging on about how rubbish our local judges, don't get me wrong they are right most of the time but I'm sick of them filling this site with the same old drivel, surely if they were that bothered they would do something about it?[/p][/quote]There's nothing that can be done about it. Even our local MPs are powerless to prevent the relentless unduly lenient sentencing in our local courts and our judiciary making Swindon a less safe place. More people need to comment about it and to know exactly what's going on in our court rooms. Eventually something will have to give. Ringer

7:26pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Ellofolks says...

Ringer wrote:
Localboy86 wrote:
Any one else bored of ringer and his lap dog always banging on about how rubbish our local judges, don't get me wrong they are right most of the time but I'm sick of them filling this site with the same old drivel, surely if they were that bothered they would do something about it?
There's nothing that can be done about it. Even our local MPs are powerless to prevent the relentless unduly lenient sentencing in our local courts and our judiciary making Swindon a less safe place.

More people need to comment about it and to know exactly what's going on in our court rooms. Eventually something will have to give.
Judges implement home office guidelines. Barking about Swindon Judiciary is like shouting at the ESSO garage attendant because the fuel costs too much. Get herself and a tent down Westminster and bang the drum. Mind you you'd probably be arrested. We don't want that. Best stay here and entertain us. Saves buying the daily Mail and LocalBoy would miss you heaps. Keep up the good work
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: Any one else bored of ringer and his lap dog always banging on about how rubbish our local judges, don't get me wrong they are right most of the time but I'm sick of them filling this site with the same old drivel, surely if they were that bothered they would do something about it?[/p][/quote]There's nothing that can be done about it. Even our local MPs are powerless to prevent the relentless unduly lenient sentencing in our local courts and our judiciary making Swindon a less safe place. More people need to comment about it and to know exactly what's going on in our court rooms. Eventually something will have to give.[/p][/quote]Judges implement home office guidelines. Barking about Swindon Judiciary is like shouting at the ESSO garage attendant because the fuel costs too much. Get herself and a tent down Westminster and bang the drum. Mind you you'd probably be arrested. We don't want that. Best stay here and entertain us. Saves buying the daily Mail and LocalBoy would miss you heaps. Keep up the good work Ellofolks

6:46am Fri 6 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Ellofolks wrote:
Ringer wrote:
Localboy86 wrote:
Any one else bored of ringer and his lap dog always banging on about how rubbish our local judges, don't get me wrong they are right most of the time but I'm sick of them filling this site with the same old drivel, surely if they were that bothered they would do something about it?
There's nothing that can be done about it. Even our local MPs are powerless to prevent the relentless unduly lenient sentencing in our local courts and our judiciary making Swindon a less safe place.

More people need to comment about it and to know exactly what's going on in our court rooms. Eventually something will have to give.
Judges implement home office guidelines. Barking about Swindon Judiciary is like shouting at the ESSO garage attendant because the fuel costs too much. Get herself and a tent down Westminster and bang the drum. Mind you you'd probably be arrested. We don't want that. Best stay here and entertain us. Saves buying the daily Mail and LocalBoy would miss you heaps. Keep up the good work
Rubbish. The judiciary do as they please, although they do attempt to blame their appallingly dangerous decisions on their 'hands being tied', it's merely a pathetic smokescreen.

Home Office and Sentencing Guideline Council guidelines DO NOT instruct judges to let off multiple repeat convicted violent offenders:

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As I have said before, the CPS guidelines for sentencing are often quite surprisingly harsh in terms of what the judiciary *could* choose to do. Instead, they always race to the bottom and do everything they possibly can to sentence as unduly leniently as possible - often allowing repeat violent criminals to get away with their numerous crimes.

Don't fall for the lies, the judiciary can - and very much do - make it up as they go along... and ALWAYS against our best interests. Something is very, very wrong with these people and they must be stopped.
[quote][p][bold]Ellofolks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: Any one else bored of ringer and his lap dog always banging on about how rubbish our local judges, don't get me wrong they are right most of the time but I'm sick of them filling this site with the same old drivel, surely if they were that bothered they would do something about it?[/p][/quote]There's nothing that can be done about it. Even our local MPs are powerless to prevent the relentless unduly lenient sentencing in our local courts and our judiciary making Swindon a less safe place. More people need to comment about it and to know exactly what's going on in our court rooms. Eventually something will have to give.[/p][/quote]Judges implement home office guidelines. Barking about Swindon Judiciary is like shouting at the ESSO garage attendant because the fuel costs too much. Get herself and a tent down Westminster and bang the drum. Mind you you'd probably be arrested. We don't want that. Best stay here and entertain us. Saves buying the daily Mail and LocalBoy would miss you heaps. Keep up the good work[/p][/quote]Rubbish. The judiciary do as they please, although they do attempt to blame their appallingly dangerous decisions on their 'hands being tied', it's merely a pathetic smokescreen. Home Office and Sentencing Guideline Council guidelines DO NOT instruct judges to let off multiple repeat convicted violent offenders: is.gd/MSqYSI As I have said before, the CPS guidelines for sentencing are often quite surprisingly harsh in terms of what the judiciary *could* choose to do. Instead, they always race to the bottom and do everything they possibly can to sentence as unduly leniently as possible - often allowing repeat violent criminals to get away with their numerous crimes. Don't fall for the lies, the judiciary can - and very much do - make it up as they go along... and ALWAYS against our best interests. Something is very, very wrong with these people and they must be stopped. Ringer

7:20am Fri 6 Dec 13

Ellofolks says...

Ringer wrote:
Ellofolks wrote:
Ringer wrote:
Localboy86 wrote:
Any one else bored of ringer and his lap dog always banging on about how rubbish our local judges, don't get me wrong they are right most of the time but I'm sick of them filling this site with the same old drivel, surely if they were that bothered they would do something about it?
There's nothing that can be done about it. Even our local MPs are powerless to prevent the relentless unduly lenient sentencing in our local courts and our judiciary making Swindon a less safe place.

More people need to comment about it and to know exactly what's going on in our court rooms. Eventually something will have to give.
Judges implement home office guidelines. Barking about Swindon Judiciary is like shouting at the ESSO garage attendant because the fuel costs too much. Get herself and a tent down Westminster and bang the drum. Mind you you'd probably be arrested. We don't want that. Best stay here and entertain us. Saves buying the daily Mail and LocalBoy would miss you heaps. Keep up the good work
Rubbish. The judiciary do as they please, although they do attempt to blame their appallingly dangerous decisions on their 'hands being tied', it's merely a pathetic smokescreen.

Home Office and Sentencing Guideline Council guidelines DO NOT instruct judges to let off multiple repeat convicted violent offenders:

is.gd/MSqYSI

As I have said before, the CPS guidelines for sentencing are often quite surprisingly harsh in terms of what the judiciary *could* choose to do. Instead, they always race to the bottom and do everything they possibly can to sentence as unduly leniently as possible - often allowing repeat violent criminals to get away with their numerous crimes.

Don't fall for the lies, the judiciary can - and very much do - make it up as they go along... and ALWAYS against our best interests. Something is very, very wrong with these people and they must be stopped.
Widen and deepen your sources of knowledge. Sources say the world is flat. Doesn't make it so.
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ellofolks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: Any one else bored of ringer and his lap dog always banging on about how rubbish our local judges, don't get me wrong they are right most of the time but I'm sick of them filling this site with the same old drivel, surely if they were that bothered they would do something about it?[/p][/quote]There's nothing that can be done about it. Even our local MPs are powerless to prevent the relentless unduly lenient sentencing in our local courts and our judiciary making Swindon a less safe place. More people need to comment about it and to know exactly what's going on in our court rooms. Eventually something will have to give.[/p][/quote]Judges implement home office guidelines. Barking about Swindon Judiciary is like shouting at the ESSO garage attendant because the fuel costs too much. Get herself and a tent down Westminster and bang the drum. Mind you you'd probably be arrested. We don't want that. Best stay here and entertain us. Saves buying the daily Mail and LocalBoy would miss you heaps. Keep up the good work[/p][/quote]Rubbish. The judiciary do as they please, although they do attempt to blame their appallingly dangerous decisions on their 'hands being tied', it's merely a pathetic smokescreen. Home Office and Sentencing Guideline Council guidelines DO NOT instruct judges to let off multiple repeat convicted violent offenders: is.gd/MSqYSI As I have said before, the CPS guidelines for sentencing are often quite surprisingly harsh in terms of what the judiciary *could* choose to do. Instead, they always race to the bottom and do everything they possibly can to sentence as unduly leniently as possible - often allowing repeat violent criminals to get away with their numerous crimes. Don't fall for the lies, the judiciary can - and very much do - make it up as they go along... and ALWAYS against our best interests. Something is very, very wrong with these people and they must be stopped.[/p][/quote]Widen and deepen your sources of knowledge. Sources say the world is flat. Doesn't make it so. Ellofolks

8:47am Fri 6 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Ellofolks wrote:
Ringer wrote:
Ellofolks wrote:
Ringer wrote:
Localboy86 wrote:
Any one else bored of ringer and his lap dog always banging on about how rubbish our local judges, don't get me wrong they are right most of the time but I'm sick of them filling this site with the same old drivel, surely if they were that bothered they would do something about it?
There's nothing that can be done about it. Even our local MPs are powerless to prevent the relentless unduly lenient sentencing in our local courts and our judiciary making Swindon a less safe place.

More people need to comment about it and to know exactly what's going on in our court rooms. Eventually something will have to give.
Judges implement home office guidelines. Barking about Swindon Judiciary is like shouting at the ESSO garage attendant because the fuel costs too much. Get herself and a tent down Westminster and bang the drum. Mind you you'd probably be arrested. We don't want that. Best stay here and entertain us. Saves buying the daily Mail and LocalBoy would miss you heaps. Keep up the good work
Rubbish. The judiciary do as they please, although they do attempt to blame their appallingly dangerous decisions on their 'hands being tied', it's merely a pathetic smokescreen.

Home Office and Sentencing Guideline Council guidelines DO NOT instruct judges to let off multiple repeat convicted violent offenders:

is.gd/MSqYSI

As I have said before, the CPS guidelines for sentencing are often quite surprisingly harsh in terms of what the judiciary *could* choose to do. Instead, they always race to the bottom and do everything they possibly can to sentence as unduly leniently as possible - often allowing repeat violent criminals to get away with their numerous crimes.

Don't fall for the lies, the judiciary can - and very much do - make it up as they go along... and ALWAYS against our best interests. Something is very, very wrong with these people and they must be stopped.
Widen and deepen your sources of knowledge. Sources say the world is flat. Doesn't make it so.
Yes, and some people say unicorns exist - but they don't.

None of that changes the fact that the judiciary are unelected, unaccountable and almost impossible to remove from their position.

You may choose to believe their lies, but the reality is that their guidelines leave massive scope for discretion and they can basically do as they please. Yes, it's true they sentence leniently because defence lawyers are far more likely to appeal sentences than prosecution ever does, but that's a frankly **** poor method of working and it DOESN'T WORK.

The public deserve far better, and to just sit their pretending 'their hands are tied' just adds untrue insult to injury.

The Home Office, the government and the Sentencing Guidelines Council DO NOT instruct judges to continually let repeat offenders stroll free from court. Do not feed people these lies.
[quote][p][bold]Ellofolks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ellofolks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: Any one else bored of ringer and his lap dog always banging on about how rubbish our local judges, don't get me wrong they are right most of the time but I'm sick of them filling this site with the same old drivel, surely if they were that bothered they would do something about it?[/p][/quote]There's nothing that can be done about it. Even our local MPs are powerless to prevent the relentless unduly lenient sentencing in our local courts and our judiciary making Swindon a less safe place. More people need to comment about it and to know exactly what's going on in our court rooms. Eventually something will have to give.[/p][/quote]Judges implement home office guidelines. Barking about Swindon Judiciary is like shouting at the ESSO garage attendant because the fuel costs too much. Get herself and a tent down Westminster and bang the drum. Mind you you'd probably be arrested. We don't want that. Best stay here and entertain us. Saves buying the daily Mail and LocalBoy would miss you heaps. Keep up the good work[/p][/quote]Rubbish. The judiciary do as they please, although they do attempt to blame their appallingly dangerous decisions on their 'hands being tied', it's merely a pathetic smokescreen. Home Office and Sentencing Guideline Council guidelines DO NOT instruct judges to let off multiple repeat convicted violent offenders: is.gd/MSqYSI As I have said before, the CPS guidelines for sentencing are often quite surprisingly harsh in terms of what the judiciary *could* choose to do. Instead, they always race to the bottom and do everything they possibly can to sentence as unduly leniently as possible - often allowing repeat violent criminals to get away with their numerous crimes. Don't fall for the lies, the judiciary can - and very much do - make it up as they go along... and ALWAYS against our best interests. Something is very, very wrong with these people and they must be stopped.[/p][/quote]Widen and deepen your sources of knowledge. Sources say the world is flat. Doesn't make it so.[/p][/quote]Yes, and some people say unicorns exist - but they don't. None of that changes the fact that the judiciary are unelected, unaccountable and almost impossible to remove from their position. You may choose to believe their lies, but the reality is that their guidelines leave massive scope for discretion and they can basically do as they please. Yes, it's true they sentence leniently because defence lawyers are far more likely to appeal sentences than prosecution ever does, but that's a frankly **** poor method of working and it DOESN'T WORK. The public deserve far better, and to just sit their pretending 'their hands are tied' just adds untrue insult to injury. The Home Office, the government and the Sentencing Guidelines Council DO NOT instruct judges to continually let repeat offenders stroll free from court. Do not feed people these lies. Ringer

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