MALE JUVENILE CHARGED
Following a complaint of criminal damage and potential pollution of the reservoir at Levelwood, Police have now completed their investigation and can provide an update.
One male juvenile has been charged with criminal damage and an offence under the Water Ordinance and bailed to appear in Court on Thursday 10 November 2016. A second juvenile male has received a Police Caution for criminal damage and will be conducting restorative justice by completing a litter pick.
DCI Wendy Tinkler commented:
“I’d like to thank the community for their positive response to our appeal for information. This has supported the identification of two offenders and allowed the Police to progress our investigation to a satisfactory conclusion.
“This incident caused real concern to Connect and partner agencies who are already dealing with the difficult water shortage situation on the Island. I would like to thank them for their support and assistance during this investigation and for ensuring that the impact on residents was kept as minimal as possible.”
Chief Executive Officer for Connect Saint Helena, Barry Hubbard, added:
“The reservoir was brought back into service last Monday so Levelwood is back to normal operation.
“However, the Island as a whole is still suffering from a severe lack of rainfall. Figures from the Met Office for Bottom Woods show a meagre 9.6mm of rain fell in October. This is serious because it is 61.7% below the 40 year average and the second lowest on record for October.
“Connect are working hard in bowsering water, but there is a significant shortfall between what is being consumed and the rate of replenishment – and the summer is just beginning. Consumers are urged to consider very carefully how they use every drop of water.
“Leaflets are available in local shops with water saving tips. Without rain, the water resources on the Island are finite and it is everyone’s responsibility to conserve the limited amount of water we currently have.”
3 November 2016