Walk One Hundred and Ten – The not so idyllic village
This may not look much of a walk, but in fact it’s two walks overlapping each other. The first time I set off across Spencer Playing Field at about five, I came across about eight children – one of whom looked as young as twelve – who were openly drinking alcohol and smoking in the corner of the field. As I walked past they made abusive noises at me. They had absolutely no concern that an adult saw them. I returned home by a parallel road and rang the police who said they would send someone out as soon as possible. I then had to pick up some of the family from the station so was only able to resume the walk about half an hour later. This time the children were staggering down the High Street being intimidating and abusive to residents and passers by. So I returned home and rang the police again.
Several things really got me down, first that the children had so little concern for authority, they didn’t seem to care if anyone witnessed their law breaking and ugly behaviour. And secondly that the police did not seem to have the resources or manpower to deal with the unsocial behaviour immediately, before it got even further out of hand. I then set off again – by this time the children had disappeared – and I sat on a wall and drew these buildings at Pound Farm.