21st Sep, 2020

Vandals wreak havoc on Wychbold allotments which have been a 'lockdown lifeline'

Tristan Harris 10th Jun, 2020 Updated: 10th Jun, 2020

VANDALS left a trail of destruction at a Wychbold allotments, pushing five sheds over onto their roofs, breaking windows and damaging the wooden structures.

The carnage happened overnight between last Tuesday and Wednesday and meant the allotment holders had to spend several days putting things right again.

One told the Standard: “It was a massive shock to see the damage when we arrived on the site.

“There are about nine plots here and most of the sheds had been tipped up.

“It’s such a shame because it’s a lovely village and the allotments have provided a lifeline during the lockdown as they were one of the few places many of us who were shielding could come to take our minds off everything that was going on.

“Gardening is great for mental health and stress and that was exactly what was needed.”

He added during the days of the restrictions the allotments were arguably the busiest they had ever been.

“As well as enabling social distancing, they bring a lot of joy to a lot of people and I can’t understand why anyone would want to do this.

“These allotments have been here about 12 years now and we have had the odd window broken before but never destruction on this scale.”

Police have stepped up patrols in the area which is near the village’s playing fields.

Officers, along with parish and district councillors, are reviewing the site’s security arrangements to see what measures could be put in place to prevent any further attacks.

PC Warren Edmunds from Droitwich Police said: “It’s a really nice area and this is just mindless vandalism at a place where people are spending time outdoors and working hard to grow their own produce.”

Witnesses or anyone with any information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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