Paying the price for yob culture
PUBLISHED: 17:09 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:35 23 August 2010
A BUSINESS owner has been left fuming after a street brawl left him with his sixth broken window in fewer than five years. Nigel Miller, of M&M Property Services, based in Windmill Street, Gravesend, also slammed the police response team. He claimed the
A BUSINESS owner has been left fuming after a street brawl left him with his sixth broken window in fewer than five years.
Nigel Miller, of M&M Property Services, based in Windmill Street, Gravesend, also slammed the police response team.
He claimed they failed to attend to the fight which happened on St Patrick's Day, resulting in a £500 bill for damages.
Mr Miller said: "I would like to know how they can say there is no one available on patrol.
"This is the town centre and it is St Patrick's Day, how have they not planned for trouble?"
Sales Manager Liz Slater saw the fight and called the police at around 5pm, but by closing time after 6pm, no-one had arrived.
She added: "There were lots of people milling about, they were drunk and making noise and a fight broke out. One guy threw another into the window.
"When I called the police they told me they had received two other calls about the fight and when a patrol car was available it would attend. No-one came."
Mr Miller is further frustrated that the latest damage could see him lose his insurance cover, yet council planning laws for the town centre, which falls within the conservation area, does not allow protective shutters.
He said: "Our insurers came round to see if we were in a particularly dangerous spot and were so surprised it keeps happening, but said if it happened again they would have to stop insuring the windows.
"I am now left having to pay for the damage and I can't install shutters to prevent it happening again and again."
Gravesham Borough Council leader Mike Snelling sympathised with Mr Miller's situation and advised he put in a planning application for shutters and request it be seen by the committee.
He said: "The members will be given direction by planning officers but can be swayed by special circumstances."
A spokesperson for North Kent Police told the Times: "The manager of the business has been spoken to in person about the incident by officers.
"This incident was reported to Kent Police at the same time as a disturbance in the town centre which took priority and resulted in the arrest of a 27-year-old man from Gravesend on suspicion of criminal damage, assaulting a police officer and common assault.
"He has been bailed pending further inquiries.
"Both neighbourhood officers and patrols regularly patrol the town centre and CCTV is used to keep a close eye and flag up any rising tensions or crimes.