ALLOTMENT holders in Acocks Green have been left distraught after being targeted by an ongoing spate of thefts and vandalism.
The Gospel Lane Allotments have been targeted dozens of times in a crime campaign dating back to November which has seen almost every allotment and shed – in the region of 80 – targeted at some point in recent months.
Items have been stolen, fuel for power tools has been pilfered and now, with nothing much left to steal, the culprits have turned their hand to straight-forward vandalism and disruption.
Allotment chairman Phil Webb said members were outraged and quite simply fed up.
“How many times can they keep coming back and targeting us – we just want a nice quiet life and to enjoy our time at our allotments,” he told The Observer.
“They have stolen our tools, broken our shed, damaged our plots and are now just breaking stuff for the sheer hell of it.
“It’s so frustrating and we just want it to come to an end.”
The allotment holders have kept police informed of all the incidents and have installed CCTV at the entrance along with barbed wire-topped fences and thorny shrubs to deter the vandals – but they still manage to find a way in.
“I’m not sure what more we can do to get rid of them and stop them ruining our lives,” added Phil.
“We hope the police will catch them in the act soon so we can put an end to this nightmare and get on with enjoying our allotments.”
Anyone with information about the attacks should contact the police on 101.
Shed doors have also been smashed in. Picture by Jon Mullis 07.015.017.sol.jm6