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Recently-refurbished basketball court in West End vandalised

The shattered and rimless backboard at the basketball court in West End, Tortola. (BVI News photo)

Premier Andrew Fahie has condemned the vandals who defaced the West End basketball court not long after it was refurbished.

“I am very disappointed that since we have refurbished the court in West End, someone had idle time, and instead of properly utilising the basketball court, they destroyed the two glass backboards and rims,” said Fahie, who is the Representative for the First District where West End is located.

Fahie, who was delivering his annual First District report at the time, added: “That is not who we are and that is not what we do. We build communities we don’t destroy them.”

Waste of taxpayer money

He further reminded the persons responsible that such behaviour only wastes taxpayer dollars and negatively impacts the future of youth in the community.

“If anyone knows who would have done such a thing, talk to them and let them know the monies used to put these things in placed is their own tax money, and we must treat things with respect,” Fahie said.

“Do not destroy for you are not spiting I, Andrew Alturo Fahie, rather you are killing the dreams of many people in this community who wants to go to college, who want to go to the Olympics, who want to go to NBA (National Basketball Association), or the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association). Don’t kill their dreams, help to make their dreams a reality,” he added.

The Premier had stated that the refurbishment of the West End court was to initially provide an avenue to occupy young persons in the community by channelling their energy towards a positive cause.

No indication was given about the cost to repair damage or when the repairs will take place.

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  1. Not appreciated says:

    Pretty much a given that when you give things away, they are neither appreciated nor cherished. The vandals who did it don’t care, and neither it would seem, does the community. People know who did it, but the code of silence means they accept such behavior. They should round up all youths in the area and put them to work rebuilding it as community service.

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  2. wow says:

    police station across the road from there. they did not hear or see anything?

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  3. lol says:

    Those were the wrong kind of shots

  4. listen out says:

    He will throw the blame on NDP, PU and PVIM

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  5. Fool says:

    Who would buy a glass backboard though? Public sports equipment in a park suxh as this is usually basic but functional!

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  6. saddened says:

    it’s so stupid that someone would do this. as kids we did dumb stuff but we actually liked to play basketball so we would’ve never did this. like maybe we would’ve spray painted walls or something like that but the rim and backboard? that’s stupid

  7. Samby says:

    I don’t know what it happening with those young men, kids what ever, that’s how they enjoy their selves, damaging everything that others trying to build with sacrifices and hard work. And some people talking about “Future of our children”.
    I bet that parents of those who destroyed had not a clue about it.

  8. Snoppy says:

    “Do not destroy for you are not spiting I, Andrew Alturo Fahie, rather …

    Surely people who talk about themselves in a third person are narcissists?

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  9. Bush Tea Sipping says:

    This is not nice, please put an end to this foolishness.

  10. SMH says:

    We need to get these hooligans to clean up this mess and put them out of sight. This is so darn malicious!

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