Foul-mouthed kids abuse staff and try to steal boat

Harbour officials have spoken of their anger after being greeted with foul and abusive language when challenging young people misbehaving at the harbour.

Charlestown Harbour officials have put a statement on their Facebook page after children tried to steal a harbour vessel.

A harbour spokesman said: “Sadly, this is not our usual type of Facebook post and certainly not one that we want to be writing.

“We have seen a significant increase in dangerous and antisocial behaviour from children and young people in the harbour. When challenged by the harbour team, these children are using foul language and being abusive.

“Jumping into the harbour is not permitted, and anyone who does so, does so at their own risk. Jumping into 2.5 feet of water, as these children have been doing, is extremely dangerous.

“To all parents and guardians, if you know your child comes to Charlestown Harbour to ‘harbour jump’ please remind them that it is not permitted and that it is dangerous – particularly when the tide is low or vessels are manoeuvring.

“Yesterday evening (Wednesday), a number of these children also tried to steal a harbour vessel (the police have been notified).

“Finally, social distancing applies to all that come to the harbour – locals, visitors, adults and children (whether they are with an adult or not). It is imperative that we all remain safe.

“We politely remind you that Charlestown Harbour is private property and anyone behaving in a dangerous or antisocial manner will be asked to leave.”

The post attracted scores of comments from people slamming the behaviour of those responsible, as well as highlighting the dangers of harbour jumping.

Harbour jumping has however been a long tradition in Charlestown with many young people partaking over the years.

Cornwall Live