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Letter: We Have the Equipment to Suitably Punish Vandals

Published on: 28 Sep, 2022
Updated on: 28 Sep, 2022

The stocks by St Mary’s in Shalford. Image Geograph

From: Barry Williams

In response to: Millbrook Floral Troughs Vandalised, ‘Utterly Senseless’ Says MP

Oh that we could bring back the stocks for these vandals.

Just a minute, there are some, by St Mary’s Church in Shalford. Surely a tempting idea for a suitable punishment.

Also useful for the graffiti “artists” who have sprung up recently and mindlessly deface public and private property.

Editor’s note: Stocks and pillories are often confused, though not by Mr Williams. Pillories are further up the medieval punishment rankings. Whereas stocks hold the legs, pillories hold the neck and wrists.

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Responses to Letter: We Have the Equipment to Suitably Punish Vandals

  1. Jim Allen Reply

    September 28, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Perhaps we should introduce them for wayward planners consultants and councillors?

  2. Aubrey Leahy Reply

    October 1, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    First, you have to catch them. The town centre is awash in surveillance cameras. I am happy to kick off a reward fund with £100 for information leading to a successful prosecution resulting in actual jail time and not just a metaphorical slap on the wrist. Anyone care to join me?

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