Sark policing queried after vine vandalism

SARK Estate Management managing director Kevin Delaney has questioned the adequacy of policing in Sark after thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to island vineyards.

Damage done to Sark's vineyards has led to questions about the adequacy of policing in the island.
Damage done to Sark's vineyards has led to questions about the adequacy of policing in the island.

SARK Estate Management managing director Kevin Delaney has questioned the adequacy of policing in Sark after thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to island vineyards.

The island constable is investigating vandalism that occurred on Friday night and again some time over Sunday evening.

But Kevin Delaney criticised Sark’s establishment for its failure to deal with a number of incidents, including a threat to shoot Mr Delaney in the legs and explosives that were set off outside SEM’s offices.

Mr Delaney said criminal acts of whatever kind could no longer be tolerated.

‘Harassment, bullying and intimidation are all part of the feudal system which empowers the extremists who see to it that people do not step out of line,’ he said yesterday.

Comments for: "Sark policing queried after vine vandalism"

vic gamble

...call in Wally Chapman...he will put the fear of the Devil into them.

markB

This would all make a fantastic TV Soap opera.

Flame Boy L

Why do the word 'Pot' and 'Kettle' spring to mind?. I must be thursty.

the_big_boys_did_it

‘Harassment, bullying and intimidation are all part of the feudal system which empowers the extremists who see to it that people do not step out of line,’ he said yesterday.

Three words...

Pot. Kettle. Black.

Sam

Have you noticed, Sark would only require policing because of incidents involving SEM, Delaney & the Barclays. It was all quiet before they arrived.

guern

It is like being back at school, at the end of the day SEM have caused nothing but problems and i see were the sarkies are coming from sark to me is not the place it used to be and it is just going to get worse.

Doug

Did he really manage to say that with a straight face? I bet he's good at poker.

Beercan

Or, Sam, it was only quiet because before SEM because no one else had the courage to rock the boat.

sam

Beercan,

There was never the need to, Sark had always evolved in its own time and maintained its original character.

Mein Kamp

And for those who rock the SEM boat are branded fascists in the SNL, I take it this is progress?

forest

If SEM were really committed to the island, planting acres of vines at the expense of local farmers, wildlife and the natural landscape sure is a strange way of showing it.

Dani

A petition to Lord McNally Re the Barclay Brothers

Feel free to sign

http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-sark-from-the-barclay-brothers

forest

Thanks Dani. just signed that.

Backchat

I wonder how long it will be before SEM have their 'own' police force.

Ray

Apparently they're already being trained in Alderney

Flame Boy L

And there appears to be plenty of rooms to billet them, all year round, in SEM run hotels.

Bee

@Dani

Just signed. Many thanks.

I have a query: When will the SEM Owners and manager be brought to account for the Environmental Vandalism they have done and are still doing to Sark?

Initially it was blasting chunks off Brecqou in 1993 or thereabouts, to suit their own agenda, then building a ghastly Castle, in a wannabe style of Lords of the Manor. I do wonder why on Earth the Seigneur and Chief Pleas did not hear the warning bells then?

Would also like to commend Jo Birch on her current letter in the GP. Very succinct and to the point.

Mr Plod

Me thinks that Mr Delaney doth protesteth too loudly.

This story has media manipulation and deflected guilt written large all over it. Classic tactics.

It is not the policing of Sark that is inadequate, it is the inciter and perpetrator of the vandalism.

Bee

@Mr. Plod

Totally agree with you.

It's a well known fact that Mr. Delaney makes Mountains out of Molehills to suit the agenda of his employers.

Yes cutting the support wires should be sussed out and get down to the nitty gritty of exactly who did it. I would say there are quite a number of likely suspects.

I do hope the Guernsey Police can put a finger on those that did it.

The whole scenario is extremely suspicious??

the_big_boys_did_it

How very true regarding Mr D's exaggerations, Bee. I find it equally suspicious that our local media continue to repeat his accusations verbatim, whilst berating the Sark establishment for their 'unreasonable' attitude.

Seems the BB's are well connected and powerful enough to influence many people at many levels, and the way this story seems to be heading is that they are going to use KD's overinflated stories as a reason to have their own version of ''police' within the island.....

and there was us thinking the occupation by invading forces ended years ago, I reckon the assault on Sark is just beginning.

What's the betting that this situation escalates to security 'guards' being posted at various SEM run establishments throughout the island....that'll put the final nail in the tourism coffin, for sure, and ruin Sark so they have no choice but to give in to the BBs take over.

God, this is awful. Can nothing be done?

A Resident

38 degrees ... the BBC ... Panorama ... John Sweeney ... the Guardian.

Criminal damage to the vineyards, threatening to shoot people, planting explosives, mob protesting against perfectly legitimate business ... then downplaying all the above, even calling them a "joke" (hahaha how very humorous).

Don't the methods these people choose to use, and how they choose their friends tell you all you need to know who they really are?

the man

here's a thought- (which i realise will not sit well with many and will receive many a call of 'troll')- maybe the questionability of the policing could be explained thus....

yes there have been crimes on sark before, yes those crimes were almost always dealt with on sark, on very rare occasions they may have had to get guernsey police in, but that was a rarity. my point being that on an island as small as ours,everything gets seen or talked about. there are no secrets. if a crime is perpetrated then someone will find out.Always...for as long as i can remember- almost 40 years- someone knew something.

now the actual point.... every time a crime is committed against delaney - since the hitler picture incident - nobody knows anything... bird scarers? nothing, dog crap through the door? nothing, anonymous letters? nothing, massive vandalism? nothing.

i dont believe for a second that nobody knows anything.

Guern

Very well said the problem lies within and that's where one should look first, I do believe, if a certain man left the Island I fell sure that the crime wave would go with him!

TED

Mr Delaney, If you go poking the dog with a stick sometimes it bites back.

Bee

@"The Resident"

A few more Mountains out of Molehills I see.

It's very strange that only the supporting wires for the vines were cut and NO vines were actually damaged or trampled don't you think?

Will you be the 1st to exodus the Island once the potable water on Sark has been polluted with fungicides and chemicals necessary on vines?

Is there a qualified Viniculturist overseeing this vineyard? I think NOT.

When will the 1st bottle of wine be comeing off the line or even the 1st bunch of grapes?

Do tell.

Scarlett

...and let's not forget how this wanton vandalism was done on the verge of a peaceful protest (thus damaging it's cause and muddying the waters for those protesting) and that the vines have remained untouched for some years without a problem, Bee.

People say nothing, SEM get's it's way, people say something, and they are accused of being feudal, vandals, against progress, obstructive, deliberately picking on SEM for no reason, ungrateful, obtuse, etc etc etc and SEM gets it's way anyway.

Poor Sark, it's sad beyond words.