The front page of the Thanet Gazumph this morning, deals with the case of a Westgate shopkeeper who “cracked” after reportedly he had his shop windows smashed by one of the juvenile residents of Ethelbert’s Homes. He retaliated by smashing their windows, when the children's home reportedly declined to pay for the damage to his shop. He claims the home “Which enjoys good relations with the community” according to a spokesperson has caused him £10,000 of damage over the years.
He told the court that he was totally frustrated by the inability of the courts and the police to deal with such matters and by all accounts, this was one broken window too much for him. As a respectable citizen with no previous dealings with the criminal justice system, he was given a conditional discharge.
What would you have done in his shoes? The paper reports the alleged juvenile window-breaker was quickly bundled out of town but a Director of the home denies that any of their wards was involved. If you live in Birchington or Westgate, you can’t help but be aware of these juveniles as in my experience, some never seem to be in school and wander the streets. Now summer has arrived, on any hot day, when the tide is in, you’re quite likely to find these and others swimming and jumping off the promenade between St Mildred’s Bay and West Bay where I predict a tragedy is just waiting to happen.