Anon Y Mouse writes:
"If any of your readers live in the Charlesworth Road area of Birchington and wonder why the daffodils ar not thriving at the entance to their road, I can tell them.
On Friday I had been call back into work. As I drove past the flower beds I saw a boy of about 11 happily smashing the budding daffodils with a lump of wood. The traffic did not permit me to stop and tell him off. However, I get out of the car outside the office and waited for him.
Eventually he came up Canterbury Road on the opposite side to where I was. I shouted to him to stop where he was. He must have thought I was lost or something, but he obediantly waited for me to cross the road to reach him. Did he get a shock ! I stood four feet away from this bespeckled little lout and shouted that I had witnessed him smashing up the daffodils. He started smiling, I think through embarrassment. When I told him that I could identify his school by his uniform and had photographed him vandalising the flowers his face turned to stone ! He then apologised and said he wouldn't do it again. Too late I shouted, you've been caught. By now he was becoming really worried, being faced with an angry ratepayer, not knowing if I was telling the truth or not, his mind must have been all over the place.
I would like to think that this boy has learned a valuable lesson, and maybe, just maybe, he will think twice about wrecking something that is in place for every one to enjoy.
Incidentally, I was very careful to stay my distance from the boy, was not threatening in my language and stayed focused.
If we all tackle the problems as we see them, maybe a few kids can be 'pulled back into line' before they become the feral monsters we see in Birchington every evening.
If the boy's' Mother is reading this then be thankful someone is doing your job and keeping your son in line. It is doubtful that he told her what had happened though."
Ed: What we need perhaps is a return of the good old policeman on a bicycle, "Dixon of Dock Green". I remember "Charlie" our local bobby of many many years ago with nostalgia. A sudden surprise appearance a quick clip around the ear and an even more serious threat to tell one's Dad and he was off, leaving the local Daffodils free to grow in peace for another year. Anyone agree with such a blatant violation of a young offender's human rights?