Vandals made to pay for Northants medical centre damage

Thrapston PCSO David Bryan and The Meadows surgery practice manager Mandy Hack holding letters of apology from youths who were made to clean up and pay for items they vandalised
Thrapston PCSO David Bryan and The Meadows surgery practice manager Mandy Hack holding letters of apology from youths who were made to clean up and pay for items they vandalised
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Six vandals who caused hundreds of pounds of damage to a medical centre have been made to cough up £600 and write letters of apology.

Staff at the Meadows Surgery, in Meadow Lane, Thrapston, contacted the Telegraph two weeks ago when they arrived at work one morning to find CCTV cameras and lights smashed, drainpipes damaged and litter scattered all around the rear of the building.

Because they have paid for the damage they effectively have a stake in it now.

Sgt Michael Jones

Vandalism had been an ongoing issue at the surgery for a number of years, but assistant practice manager Michelle Bell said it had become noticeably worse as the teenagers had grown older and started to bring cars to the site.

Sgt Michael Jones, of Thrapston Police, said PCSO David Bryan had visited the surgery after the damage and had managed to identify one of the teenagers from a camera image.

He added: “That led to that person and five other teenagers being interviewed in the presence of their parents.

“As a result of those discussions they agreed to pay £600 towards the replacement of the damaged items.

“The six also went to the surgery the following weekend and carried out a litter pick.

“Finally, they all wrote letters of apology to the staff at the centre which have been delivered.”

Sgt Jones said he felt the level of punishment was in keeping with the crime.

He added: “Because they have paid for the damage they effectively have a stake in it now.

“We didn’t want to label them with a criminal record at a fairly young age.

“However, if there is a repeat of this type of incident by the same individuals, then the punishment would be more severe in the future.”