New Neighbourhood Watch scheme a roaring success
A group of Brocklehurst residents are claiming a rip-roaring success with their new neighbourhood watch scheme.
It came after people in The Avenue, a select street close to Widdicombe Wood, spotted ‘undesirables’ loitering around their houses.
“They were mostly older teenaged boys,” Mr Ernie Flynn, 52, tells the Brocklehurst Bugle. “We decided right away we didn’t want them here.”
So, Mr Flynn and a group of like-minded residents set up Neighbourhood Watch. They take turns to patrol the area in groups at night and weekends. “When we find strangers we deal with them. We don’t take prisoners,” Mr Flynn chuckles.
Mrs. Amelia Worthington, who lives alone at her house, says, “It is a great comfort that we have big, strong men here who are prepared to defend their own homes.”
Mr Eric Sloop, aged 45, a shop manager, describes the action they take once they have apprehended a stranger.
“We are very determined that they should not get away unpunished. There’s no point informing the police. I know they want to help but they are under resourced. Some people might say we are a bit old-fashioned.”
Mr Sloop says the residents dish out corporal punishment. “A short, sharp shock,” he calls it.
“We usually strip them of their shirts and then bare their backsides,” he adds. “We do it in the middle of the street so everyone can see.
“We the take turns in beating their unclothed bottoms. Very hard indeed.
“They don’t like it, of course. You can hear their howls from one end of the street to the other. Believe me, they don’t come back for more.”
Residents use a range of punishment instruments. Most such as leather belts, hairbrushes and slippers are readily found in peoples’ homes.
“Widdicombe Wood is close by so we do have the option of making up birch rods, if we wish,” Mr Sloop says ominously.
Sgt. George Nixon at Brocklehurst Police says he is told by residents that the scheme is a “rip-roaring” success. He tells the Bugle, “I take my helmet off to them. They are keeping the streets clean of filth and are saving the police a lot of trouble. We really don’t need the paperwork dealing with these youth. I would encourage more residents to set up their own schemes.”
The final word goes to Mr Flynn. “This has brought the community closer together. It is the thrill of the chase. And then delivering a well-spanked bare backside that makes it all so worthwhile.”
Picture credit: Unknown.
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