Mindless vandals have ‘gone on a rampage’ at allotments in Berry Brow for the second time in three weeks.
And the latest damage caused at the plot, which saw eight or nine sheds and greenhouses have their windows smashed, is just the latest in a long line of vandalism incidents at the plots at Hangingstone Road.
Peter Budd, who has been secretary of the allotment association for over a decade, said: “This is by far the worst we’ve had. Around eight or nine sheds or greenhouses have had windows smashed.
“The damage isn’t just on the lane side but on the allotment side too.
“There are two rows of sheds and greenhouses and virtually every window is smashed.
Mr Budd said a previous incident happened in the first week of the New Year.
He added: “The locks were smashed on the allotments.
“Nothing was taken. A few tools moved around. It’s an ongoing problem.
Mr Budd asked allotment holder Valerie Carr, to speak to meet police on the site because he is recovering from an operation.
Valerie said: “I went up there and they’ve rampaged through the whole allotment. Some of the sheds have nearly every pane of glass missing.
“There was smashed glass everywhere, shed doors open, polytunnels unzipped.
“It will cost allotment holders to have them replaced. Fortunately mine wasn’t damaged, possibly because it has double glazed windows.
“We have constant problems with vandalism and theft. People are looking for things to steal and just generally causing mischief.”
Allotment holder John Covell added: “Mine was damaged but not severely.
“I think there was three of them. I don’t want those people punished. What I want is restorative justice. It’s my belief that punishment serves absolutely no purpose.”
Police are now investigating the incident which happened on Monday January 19. Anyone with information should contact police on 101.