Police step up patrols after latest vandalism at Charford community garden (From Bromsgrove Advertiser)
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Police step up patrols after latest vandalism at Charford community garden
11:00am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Local
POLICE have stepped up patrols in Charford after a community garden was again attacked by vandals.
In May the Advertiser reported on the major vandalism to A Blessing for Charford community scheme’s garden project at the rear of St Andrew’s Church.
The project launched in 2007 and involved Charford volunteers turning unused land at the rear of the Lyttleton Avenue-based church into raised beds with a composting area and water butts.
But there has been continual vandalism at the site over the past two-and-a-half year with beds trampled on, plants pulled up, and canes broken.
In the latest incident, which happened on the weekend of September 29 and 30, a potato patch was destroyed after being sprayed with weed killer.
Mark Wood, from the project, said: “Workers on this project, who give their time freely to this garden, were gutted to find further damage.
“This garden provides fruit and vegetables to the elderly and infirm of the local area.
"It is funded by donations.
“This attack has left it impossible to replace the crop of potatoes, due to lack of funding.”
Mr Wood added the church would now be attempting to find funds to introduce 24-hour security measures at the site, in a bid to stop future attacks.
A West Mercia Police spokesman said: “There have been a number of incidents at the location over the last few months, and patrols have been increased.
“Antisocial behaviour can have a significant impact and we take residents’ concerns seriously.”
Anyone with information on the latest incident is being asked to call police on non-emergency number 101, quoting incident 194-s-011013, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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