Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Windows smashed in Wallington Square

Wallington Square

A single person caused thousands of pounds worth of damage in Wallington Square on Tuesday evening. The windows of five shops were smashed in an isolated and unusual incident. Police were on the scene within minutes after being alerted by CCTV and were able to prevent the vandalism spreading to other shops in the square or the high street. The perpetrator has been placed under arrest.

Cllr Hall and I visited Peacocks and Richard Marks today to talk to the owners. Peacocks was the worst affected, and are working to replace the windows as quickly as possible. It is important to get this done as boarded up windows and doors can attract further vandalism and make the area appear less safe than it really is. Well done to the discount shop for having replaced their broken windows already.

We also discussed with the shop managers the need to keep some lights on at night. Richard Marks was recently broken into in what appears to have been a targeted robbery. Police believe that lights in shops at night can be a deterrent to burglars and also enable the local SNT teams to check inside the shops for intruders.

As well as the building works to the front we know that the owners of Wallington Square are working hard to find tenants for the empty shops. The more shops we have occupied here the safer the area will be, as well as providing a welcome complement to the range of shops in Wallington.

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January 5, 2012 - Posted by | Information | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I read about this issue in my local paper as i live in Wallington and i e-mailed the Sutton Guardian about the situation at the time, As i said in my other comment about Wallington square this particular incident only highlighted the problem regarding empty shops and an area like the square which has been left in a run down state for many years.

    Comment by Carole Heath | April 8, 2012 | Reply

    • We were pleased to learn that despite closing many of its stores elsewhere as a result of economic pressures, the Peacocks store in the square is one that will remain open. We just wish they would remove the boards in their windows to prevent it looking like they are closing down.

      Comment by jaynemccoy | April 8, 2012 | Reply


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