Vandals trash York charity allotments

York Press: Mark Hunter at the damaged site Mark Hunter at the damaged site

VANDALS damaged charity allotments in York in an attack condemned as “vile and despicable”.

One of the allotments in Ashton Lane off Holgate Road is run by Lollipop, which helps children with hearing problems and works with their families, and which has just celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Mark Hunter from the charity said the damage was significant, and the ‘Lolliplot’ allotment was just one of several targeted.

He said: “I was working at the office and our gardener called to say he’d gone up there to do some maintenance because we use it for various activities with children, nature discovery and that kind of thing, in a nice safe and peaceful environment. 

“He discovered the shed had been broken into with a considerable degree of force and the contents of the shed had been scattered around the plot.

“There was also evidence that a fire had been lit on the plot itself.” 

Mr Hunter said the incident was a “vile and despicable act of vandalism”, and said he hoped police would be able to track down the culprits.

He said: “It is a sad reflection on our society that there are people out there whose sole purpose in life appears to be the wanton destruction of beauty and the fruits of the labour of others - even more so when the target of their contemptible behaviour impacts upon young children.

“It all costs us money, so the impact on what we can do is that money could have been spent in a way that would benefit people in providing activities or assistance for children with hearing loss and their families.

“We’re not a big charity and every penny counts having to spend money to put right things
that shouldn’t be wrong in the first place means less to be spend on a good cause.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police confirmed a number of allotments off Holgate Road had been targeted by vandals but no arrests have yet been made.

He asked anyone with information about the attacks to phone the force on 101.

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10:21am Mon 12 May 14

Jonlogical says...

The punishment if caught, should be to work in these allotments, doing all of the backbreaking boring jobs for say 100 hours each. They would then get to meet and work, with those that were wronged.

On another legal point, when a case has been in court the Press will never allow comments. I would like to ask the editors. Why do you show an image of an auctioneers gavel to represent our courts? Because our Judges certainly do not use these items.
The punishment if caught, should be to work in these allotments, doing all of the backbreaking boring jobs for say 100 hours each. They would then get to meet and work, with those that were wronged. On another legal point, when a case has been in court the Press will never allow comments. I would like to ask the editors. Why do you show an image of an auctioneers gavel to represent our courts? Because our Judges certainly do not use these items. Jonlogical
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1:54pm Mon 12 May 14

piaggio1 says...

Did wonder that mesen....
Did wonder that mesen.... piaggio1
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11:13pm Mon 12 May 14

mitch2nd says...

Yes and what will happen, the useless Judges in the York area will let them off and not name and shame them, we have only lived in York for 8 months now but quickly worked out you can do what you want and the Police and Courts do naff all about it, what a dumb, will be glad to leave
Yes and what will happen, the useless Judges in the York area will let them off and not name and shame them, we have only lived in York for 8 months now but quickly worked out you can do what you want and the Police and Courts do naff all about it, what a dumb, will be glad to leave mitch2nd
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