Sussex parking meter vandals branded "terrorists"

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Parking meter vandals have been condemned as “terrorists”.

Attacks on meters in East Sussex have caused damage worth nearly £340,000 over the last four years, it has emerged.

While the problem hit the headlines in 2007 when fireworks were used to blow the meters up, East Sussex County Council has revealed the damage has continued unabated.

Lewes is the main hotspot with 31 reports on Prince Edward’s Road and 22 in High Street.

While fireworks are now less common, there were 50 reports of damage across the county between April 2008 and March 2009, costing over £80,000, and 47 so far this year.

Dog faeces, lolly sticks and a mixture of biscuit and glue are among the substances used to put the meters out of action.

Councillor Matthew Lock, the county council’s cabinet member for transport and environment, condemned the people behind the attacks.

He said people should engage with local politics instead of taking direct action over policies they disagree with.

In an interview with the BBC yesterday he said: “They are vandals.

“They don’t have a place in a society that is democratically run.

“It is an act of terrorism what some of them are doing.”

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3:29pm Tue 23 Feb 10

Luke72 says...

One person's terrorist is another's freedom fighter!
One person's terrorist is another's freedom fighter! Luke72
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3:30pm Tue 23 Feb 10

Tabitha Rohrer says...

If we needed any more proof that the word 'terrorist' is over-used, here it is. Lord knows I feel unsafe knowing that there are parking meter vandals about.
If we needed any more proof that the word 'terrorist' is over-used, here it is. Lord knows I feel unsafe knowing that there are parking meter vandals about. Tabitha Rohrer
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3:37pm Tue 23 Feb 10

Mr Lahey says...

What's the difference between terrorism and guerilla insurgency?

I'm sure the Argus intentionally printed the statement '“They don’t have a place in a society that is democratically run' to spark debate, and I am taking the bait in that the parking meters probably weren't democratically written into the RTA.
What's the difference between terrorism and guerilla insurgency? I'm sure the Argus intentionally printed the statement '“They don’t have a place in a society that is democratically run' to spark debate, and I am taking the bait in that the parking meters probably weren't democratically written into the RTA. Mr Lahey
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3:47pm Tue 23 Feb 10

Gaz the great says...

I work in Lewes & have seen the debris from some of these blown-up machines, large jagged bits of metal over quite a distance, which if had hit anybody, would have caused quite serious injury. All these people are doing is increasing the cost of parking for those of us who have to pay. Terrorists was how M Locke described them on BBC Sussex yesterday, a new buzz word.
I work in Lewes & have seen the debris from some of these blown-up machines, large jagged bits of metal over quite a distance, which if had hit anybody, would have caused quite serious injury. All these people are doing is increasing the cost of parking for those of us who have to pay. Terrorists was how M Locke described them on BBC Sussex yesterday, a new buzz word. Gaz the great
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3:56pm Tue 23 Feb 10

John Steed says...

I would suggest that the cost of damage to the machines in lewes is a scandalous imposition on the tax paying public they should be removed immediatly, I have no doubt that with them gone, the hienious vandalism would stop
I would suggest that the cost of damage to the machines in lewes is a scandalous imposition on the tax paying public they should be removed immediatly, I have no doubt that with them gone, the hienious vandalism would stop John Steed
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3:57pm Tue 23 Feb 10

kkj says...

If the people vandalising these meters are striking terror into people, or intending to, then they are terrorists; if not they are simply vandals. Councillor Lock has a firm grasp of hyperbole.
If the people vandalising these meters are striking terror into people, or intending to, then they are terrorists; if not they are simply vandals. Councillor Lock has a firm grasp of hyperbole. kkj
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4:14pm Tue 23 Feb 10

kraftwerker says...

Whilst I don't condone any sort of 'terrorism'm, the thought of just one parking machine being taken out only makes me smile. Each Council doing all it can to bleed everyone dry. Isn't it bad enough when we read how much the oil companies and banks make in profit each year for the fat cats 'running' the businesses? And don't come back and say the Council's top brass don't take a slice. I ain't stupid...
Whilst I don't condone any sort of 'terrorism'm, the thought of just one parking machine being taken out only makes me smile. Each Council doing all it can to bleed everyone dry. Isn't it bad enough when we read how much the oil companies and banks make in profit each year for the fat cats 'running' the businesses? And don't come back and say the Council's top brass don't take a slice. I ain't stupid... kraftwerker
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4:22pm Tue 23 Feb 10

Gaz the great says...

John Steed wrote:
I would suggest that the cost of damage to the machines in lewes is a scandalous imposition on the tax paying public they should be removed immediatly, I have no doubt that with them gone, the hienious vandalism would stop
Used to park here before the scheme started & it was utter chaos. Whilst I understand nobody likes paying to park, including myself, the opition of being able to park outside my buisness for a small fee, loading ect, is worth it. I also have to park in Worthing which, may I add, is more expensive. All the time we own cars & vans, there will be schemes such as these.
[quote][p][bold]John Steed[/bold] wrote: I would suggest that the cost of damage to the machines in lewes is a scandalous imposition on the tax paying public they should be removed immediatly, I have no doubt that with them gone, the hienious vandalism would stop[/p][/quote]Used to park here before the scheme started & it was utter chaos. Whilst I understand nobody likes paying to park, including myself, the opition of being able to park outside my buisness for a small fee, loading ect, is worth it. I also have to park in Worthing which, may I add, is more expensive. All the time we own cars & vans, there will be schemes such as these. Gaz the great
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5:30pm Tue 23 Feb 10

davyboy says...

Gaz the great wrote:
I work in Lewes & have seen the debris from some of these blown-up machines, large jagged bits of metal over quite a distance, which if had hit anybody, would have caused quite serious injury. All these people are doing is increasing the cost of parking for those of us who have to pay. Terrorists was how M Locke described them on BBC Sussex yesterday, a new buzz word.
i would agree with this. terrorists, no. morons, yes. as Gaz says, all this does is increase the cost to everyone else. no-one likes having to pay to park, but it is part of owning a car. of course, you could always catch the bus!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Gaz the great[/bold] wrote: I work in Lewes & have seen the debris from some of these blown-up machines, large jagged bits of metal over quite a distance, which if had hit anybody, would have caused quite serious injury. All these people are doing is increasing the cost of parking for those of us who have to pay. Terrorists was how M Locke described them on BBC Sussex yesterday, a new buzz word.[/p][/quote]i would agree with this. terrorists, no. morons, yes. as Gaz says, all this does is increase the cost to everyone else. no-one likes having to pay to park, but it is part of owning a car. of course, you could always catch the bus!!!!! davyboy
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5:37pm Tue 23 Feb 10

Shaleman's grandson says...

The Argus says: Attacks on meters in East Sussex have caused damage worth nearly £340,000 over the last four years, it has emerged.

I say: Damage is worth £0
The Argus says: Attacks on meters in East Sussex have caused damage worth nearly £340,000 over the last four years, it has emerged. I say: Damage is worth £0 Shaleman's grandson
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5:52pm Tue 23 Feb 10

Norma Snockers says...

In which case most of us support the 'terrorists'. A burnt out camera or meter always raises a cheer in my car! Pity we can't blow up Matthew Locke as well!
In which case most of us support the 'terrorists'. A burnt out camera or meter always raises a cheer in my car! Pity we can't blow up Matthew Locke as well! Norma Snockers
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6:04pm Tue 23 Feb 10

puddingandpi says...

Drug dealers outside Underground stations in London destroy CCTV cameras so they can carry on breaking the law with impunity.

These people are precisely the same.
Drug dealers outside Underground stations in London destroy CCTV cameras so they can carry on breaking the law with impunity. These people are precisely the same. puddingandpi
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6:18pm Tue 23 Feb 10

bosshog says...

i bet all at county hall have there own non paying carpack or free passes.
i bet all at county hall have there own non paying carpack or free passes. bosshog
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6:21pm Tue 23 Feb 10

Mr Pickwick says...

puddingandpi wrote:
Drug dealers outside Underground stations in London destroy CCTV cameras so they can carry on breaking the law with impunity.

These people are precisely the same.
No, they're destroying parking meters, not dealing drugs. They're not destroying the parking meters to allow them to continue to break the law with impunity unless they are then immediately parking on the road where the meter once was. If this is the case, PC Plod has an easy route to finding the culprit.
[quote][p][bold]puddingandpi[/bold] wrote: Drug dealers outside Underground stations in London destroy CCTV cameras so they can carry on breaking the law with impunity. These people are precisely the same.[/p][/quote]No, they're destroying parking meters, not dealing drugs. They're not destroying the parking meters to allow them to continue to break the law with impunity unless they are then immediately parking on the road where the meter once was. If this is the case, PC Plod has an easy route to finding the culprit. Mr Pickwick
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7:49pm Tue 23 Feb 10

jon s says...

Gaz the great wrote:
I work in Lewes & have seen the debris from some of these blown-up machines, large jagged bits of metal over quite a distance, which if had hit anybody, would have caused quite serious injury. All these people are doing is increasing the cost of parking for those of us who have to pay. Terrorists was how M Locke described them on BBC Sussex yesterday, a new buzz word.
You're not suggesting the price of parking would come down if there was no parking meter vandalism,are you?Most people wouldn't report parking meter damage,I'm one of them and so should you be!
[quote][p][bold]Gaz the great[/bold] wrote: I work in Lewes & have seen the debris from some of these blown-up machines, large jagged bits of metal over quite a distance, which if had hit anybody, would have caused quite serious injury. All these people are doing is increasing the cost of parking for those of us who have to pay. Terrorists was how M Locke described them on BBC Sussex yesterday, a new buzz word.[/p][/quote]You're not suggesting the price of parking would come down if there was no parking meter vandalism,are you?Most people wouldn't report parking meter damage,I'm one of them and so should you be! jon s
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9:36pm Tue 23 Feb 10

Skippah says...

Terrorists. haha yea, Al-Qeada have got nothing on these guys.
Terrorists. haha yea, Al-Qeada have got nothing on these guys. Skippah
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10:34pm Tue 23 Feb 10

Christophe Hawtree says...

John Steed wrote:
I would suggest that the cost of damage to the machines in lewes is a
scandalous imposition on the tax paying public they should be removed
immediatly, I have no doubt that with them gone, the hienious vandalism
would stop
The syntax of this posting is bizarre. Who/what should be removed? The meters or the tax-paying public? The language is not as precise as that used by the better-known John Steed.

Either way, it would certainly be something far beyond the imagination of J G Ballard, our planet's fortunes at the behest of parking meters. But to read others' postings, any browser from elsewhere in the Solar System, or beyond, might indeed get the impression that England is not ruled by Gordon Brown but a strategically placed parking meter in Lewes High Street.

Then again, the way things have been lately, this could be an option worth trying. The Daleks might look on with a certain envy.
[quote][p][bold]John Steed[/bold] wrote: I would suggest that the cost of damage to the machines in lewes is a scandalous imposition on the tax paying public they should be removed immediatly, I have no doubt that with them gone, the hienious vandalism would stop[/p][/quote]The syntax of this posting is bizarre. Who/what should be removed? The meters or the tax-paying public? The language is not as precise as that used by the better-known John Steed. Either way, it would certainly be something far beyond the imagination of J G Ballard, our planet's fortunes at the behest of parking meters. But to read others' postings, any browser from elsewhere in the Solar System, or beyond, might indeed get the impression that England is not ruled by Gordon Brown but a strategically placed parking meter in Lewes High Street. Then again, the way things have been lately, this could be an option worth trying. The Daleks might look on with a certain envy. Christophe Hawtree
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12:22am Wed 24 Feb 10

worthinglogic says...

The only good that can come from this frankly pathetic article is that eventually the word "Terrorist" will become so overused that it will become meaningless and we won't have to listen to those linguistic terrorists constantly overusing it!
The only good that can come from this frankly pathetic article is that eventually the word "Terrorist" will become so overused that it will become meaningless and we won't have to listen to those linguistic terrorists constantly overusing it! worthinglogic
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8:18am Wed 24 Feb 10

Old Ladys Gin says...

Give 'em a medal!
Give 'em a medal! Old Ladys Gin
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9:24am Wed 24 Feb 10

D Merrett says...

I answer to the comment held within the article - people cannot change the situation politically. The Council do not listen. Example Brighton - I paid to park, the wind when closing the door blew the ticket off the dashboard. Jobworths Traffic Warden gave me a parking fine. I duly explained in letter sending appropriate ticket to the Council...It has taken them 4 months to reply...to say they still intend to fine me even though ticket was valid. So my view is now BLOW THE LOT UP
I answer to the comment held within the article - people cannot change the situation politically. The Council do not listen. Example Brighton - I paid to park, the wind when closing the door blew the ticket off the dashboard. Jobworths Traffic Warden gave me a parking fine. I duly explained in letter sending appropriate ticket to the Council...It has taken them 4 months to reply...to say they still intend to fine me even though ticket was valid. So my view is now BLOW THE LOT UP D Merrett
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10:40am Wed 24 Feb 10

Andy R says...

D Merrett wrote:
I answer to the comment held within the article - people cannot change the situation politically. The Council do not listen. Example Brighton - I paid to park, the wind when closing the door blew the ticket off the dashboard. Jobworths Traffic Warden gave me a parking fine. I duly explained in letter sending appropriate ticket to the Council...It has taken them 4 months to reply...to say they still intend to fine me even though ticket was valid. So my view is now BLOW THE LOT UP
Well....yes...clearl
y.....you were unfortunate that the traffic warden wasn't Hiro Nakamura, as he could have teleported back to when you parked and seen you buy the ticket.

..or maybe you should have just quickly checked that your ticket was actually visible on the dashboard...?
[quote][p][bold]D Merrett[/bold] wrote: I answer to the comment held within the article - people cannot change the situation politically. The Council do not listen. Example Brighton - I paid to park, the wind when closing the door blew the ticket off the dashboard. Jobworths Traffic Warden gave me a parking fine. I duly explained in letter sending appropriate ticket to the Council...It has taken them 4 months to reply...to say they still intend to fine me even though ticket was valid. So my view is now BLOW THE LOT UP[/p][/quote]Well....yes...clearl y.....you were unfortunate that the traffic warden wasn't Hiro Nakamura, as he could have teleported back to when you parked and seen you buy the ticket. ..or maybe you should have just quickly checked that your ticket was actually visible on the dashboard...? Andy R
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11:16am Wed 24 Feb 10

D Merrett says...

Andy R wrote:
D Merrett wrote: I answer to the comment held within the article - people cannot change the situation politically. The Council do not listen. Example Brighton - I paid to park, the wind when closing the door blew the ticket off the dashboard. Jobworths Traffic Warden gave me a parking fine. I duly explained in letter sending appropriate ticket to the Council...It has taken them 4 months to reply...to say they still intend to fine me even though ticket was valid. So my view is now BLOW THE LOT UP
Well....yes...clearl y.....you were unfortunate that the traffic warden wasn't Hiro Nakamura, as he could have teleported back to when you parked and seen you buy the ticket. ..or maybe you should have just quickly checked that your ticket was actually visible on the dashboard...?
So you seem happy that a council does not respond for four months to a genuine case of ticket getting blown off dash-board, and even though I can produce valid ticket you feel it is right and proper that one gets a fine. Yes it was not visible on dash-board due to me not checking but who said I was perfect. Glad you are.
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D Merrett[/bold] wrote: I answer to the comment held within the article - people cannot change the situation politically. The Council do not listen. Example Brighton - I paid to park, the wind when closing the door blew the ticket off the dashboard. Jobworths Traffic Warden gave me a parking fine. I duly explained in letter sending appropriate ticket to the Council...It has taken them 4 months to reply...to say they still intend to fine me even though ticket was valid. So my view is now BLOW THE LOT UP[/p][/quote]Well....yes...clearl y.....you were unfortunate that the traffic warden wasn't Hiro Nakamura, as he could have teleported back to when you parked and seen you buy the ticket. ..or maybe you should have just quickly checked that your ticket was actually visible on the dashboard...?[/p][/quote]So you seem happy that a council does not respond for four months to a genuine case of ticket getting blown off dash-board, and even though I can produce valid ticket you feel it is right and proper that one gets a fine. Yes it was not visible on dash-board due to me not checking but who said I was perfect. Glad you are. D Merrett
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12:41pm Wed 24 Feb 10

Bright0nMan says...

String of rookies from Percy's, taking a late night stroll = Pimms o'clock - no more parking meters. If you want to stop the 'terror', stop selling the bang bang. Doesn't take a genius to figure its not adults, just kids with nothing better to do. If the council want to save money, how about investing the £300K in redesigning the meters to withstand the ‘terror attacks’. I've heard they're very easy to blow up if you put a bang bang in the ticket dispenser...
String of rookies from Percy's, taking a late night stroll = Pimms o'clock - no more parking meters. If you want to stop the 'terror', stop selling the bang bang. Doesn't take a genius to figure its not adults, just kids with nothing better to do. If the council want to save money, how about investing the £300K in redesigning the meters to withstand the ‘terror attacks’. I've heard they're very easy to blow up if you put a bang bang in the ticket dispenser... Bright0nMan
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11:50am Thu 25 Feb 10

warden says...

Residents in Eastbourne *did* engage democratically: the County Council ignored their objections and those of the Borough Council, and put in parking meters. And now the County is trying again to introduce a bus lane which will gridlock the town centre and has already been fought off once. How do we get rid of Matthew Lock democratically?

(Despite my username, I'm not a parking warden)
Residents in Eastbourne *did* engage democratically: the County Council ignored their objections and those of the Borough Council, and put in parking meters. And now the County is trying again to introduce a bus lane which will gridlock the town centre and has already been fought off once. How do we get rid of Matthew Lock democratically? (Despite my username, I'm not a parking warden) warden
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12:18pm Sun 28 Feb 10

ivanpope says...

I'm trying to interview those behind this campaign. Anonymous of course. Drop me a line if you know how to get in touch: ivan.pope@gmail.com
I'm trying to interview those behind this campaign. Anonymous of course. Drop me a line if you know how to get in touch: ivan.pope@gmail.com ivanpope
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