Vandals trash Sunderland allotments

Allotment holders Charlie Horton and Cliff Quenet, who are both fed up with the repeated break-ins at the allotments off Ettrick Grove. Charlie pointed out: "I've been here six years and this is the sixth time someone has broken in to my allotment."
Allotment holders Charlie Horton and Cliff Quenet, who are both fed up with the repeated break-ins at the allotments off Ettrick Grove. Charlie pointed out: "I've been here six years and this is the sixth time someone has broken in to my allotment."
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VANDALS broke into sheds and smashed up allotments during a late-night wrecking spree.

The yobs are understood to have targeted up to 17 plots at the Red Machine Allotments, in Ettrick Grove, High Barnes, Sunderland.

Pensioner Charlie Horton, whose storage cabin was trashed in the raid, branded it “wilful destruction”.

“It looks as if they’ve forced their way into cabins and just run amok,” he said.

“As far as I can tell, very little has been taken. I don’t know why they’ve done it.

“It’s senseless, wilful destruction.

“Judging by the scale of the damage, it must have been done at night.

“They’ve managed to prise the door open on my cabin and get inside.

“I think they’ve used an axe or some kind of tool.

“They’ve wrecked everything. There is nothing left in one piece.

“It’s going to take me a long time to get it back as it was.”

The raid is the latest in a string of attacks at the site.

Earlier this year, two chickens were killed and five others were reported stolen.

Tools were also taken in the theft.

The 74-year-old retired clothing industry worker, from High Barnes, said: “They keep coming back time and time again.

“I’m starting to lose count of the number of times we’ve been targeted.

“Another time they scattered weed-killer all over a greenhouse, killing off one of the lad’s tomatoes.

“It seems to be completely pointless. I can’t understand the mentality of these people.

“I don’t know why they keep picking on us.”

The latest incident, which is believed to have happened sometime between 5pm on Sunday, October 7, and 9am on Monday, October 8.

It has been reported to Northumbria Police, which is investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the force on its 101 non-emergency number. Alternatively, call indepdenent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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