Community garden in Ribbleton targeted by vandals

Neighbourhood police teams say that the library garden on Ribbleton Hall Drive was broken into last weekend by vandals who damaged the homemade greenhouse and storage shed.
Neighbourhood police teams say that the library garden on Ribbleton Hall Drive was broken into last weekend by vandals who damaged the homemade greenhouse and storage shed.
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A community garden run by volunteers at Ribbleton Library was damaged in a mindless act of vandalism, say police.

Neighbourhood police teams say that the library garden on Ribbleton Hall Drive was broken into last weekend by vandals who damaged the homemade greenhouse and storage shed.

In addition to this, the vandals are said to have ripped bamboo poles from the ground that had been supporting many of the fruit and vegetables that were being grown by the volunteers.

A spokesman for the police said: "At some point over the weekend someone has gained access to the community volunteer led garden and caused quite a bit of damage.

"Although in terms of cost, it is not a massive amount of damage but it causes quite a bit of disruption for the hard working volunteers who want to see their community library thrive.

"We believe that this mindless damage is likely to have been caused by teens living nearby.

County Councillor, Peter Buckley, has spoken of his dismay on learning of the incident.

The cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "It is very disheartening that the community garden at Ribbleton Library should once again have to deal with the consequences of mindless vandalism.

"The garden, run by volunteers, provides a pleasant and welcoming space at the heart of the local community. It is upsetting that time and money will now need to be spent on putting the damage right, which would be better spent on other resources to help this community facility to thrive.

"I'd like to urge everyone in that local community to do all they can to prevent this happening again. We are looking at ways that we can deter vandalism, and will continue to work with the police when any incidents occur."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via email at 7093@lancashire.pnn.police.uk quoting SA1718015