Scouts step up security after vandal attack on polytunnel project

Gary Trotter from Hadrian Technology, Nathan Anderson, Abigail Bell, Layla Tobin, Scout Leader Allan Forster, Alex Bell ,Patrick Anderson, Vicky Bell.
Gary Trotter from Hadrian Technology, Nathan Anderson, Abigail Bell, Layla Tobin, Scout Leader Allan Forster, Alex Bell ,Patrick Anderson, Vicky Bell.
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A security firm has come to the aid of a Wearside scout group who were left devastated when vandals damaged their outdoor project.

The Echo reported last month how 1st Burnmoor Scout Group, in Fence Houses, was targeted by yobs after they recently installed a polytunnel to help youngsters and schoolchildren learn more about growing plants.

Abigail Bell, Vicky Bell, Alex Bell, Gary Trotter from Hadrian Technology, Scout Leader  Allan Forster, Layla Tobin, Nathan Anderson.

Abigail Bell, Vicky Bell, Alex Bell, Gary Trotter from Hadrian Technology, Scout Leader Allan Forster, Layla Tobin, Nathan Anderson.

The scouts were looking to create an outdoor activity centre, complete with an archery range, climbing wall and garden.

However, vandals broke into the garden and slashed parts of the tunnel.

When Hadrian Technology heard about the vandalism, they stepped forward to donate and install infrared cameras to deter vandals and enable the garden to flourish for years to come.

Hadrian Technology’s Gary Trotter, said: “We are a Sunderland company, but five members of staff, including myself, live in Houghton, and it is great to be able to give something back to our local community.

The garden will now be secure and will give the volunteers and children peace of mind, deter the vandals, have a positive effect on their insurance premiums - and maybe even catch the perpetrators if they return

Gary Trotter, of Hadrian Technology

“The garden will now be secure and will give the volunteers and children peace of mind, deter the vandals, have a positive effect on their insurance premiums – and maybe even catch the perpetrators if they return.”

1st Burnmoor Scouts leader, Allan Forster, said: “The polytunnel was new and for someone to come and attempt to destroy it was very upsetting for everyone.

“We’re growing plants to take into the local community to improve the environment for everyone and, thanks to Hadrian Technology, the project can still go ahead.”

To donate to the scouts ongoing fundraising, go to 1stburnmoorscouts@localgiving.com.