Miserable, blustery day but, went to Scarum to meet photographer from Salisbury Journal in pursuit of the idea of max. publicity. The paper is a weekly and will appear next Thurs. complete with an appeal to the public who visit the airfield to be vigilant anf report anything they think is an unusual activity.
Spoke to the airfield manger who gave a different version of the events leading to the a/c damage. It appears that Wiltshire's finest were, in their car, in hot pursuit of bandits also in a car. The bandits drove onto the airfield either narrowly missing or striking the PA28 wingtip. The PA28 then, unambiguously, received some more re-alignment attention from the following cop car! To top it all, the PA28 is owned by a retired Police inspector ! As Richard Littlejohn says "You couldn't make it up".
The previous night, one of the two aircraft used for parachuting was separated from approximately 100 liters of Avgas.
After talking to a few people and getting some opinions, most seem to think that lockable caps are not a good idea. The Scarum Scrotes will simply cause damage levering them off. There are now only eight or nine a/c on outside tiedowns so protection of the 'herd' is diminishing. We are looking at various re-locating options.