Vandalism to cadet base dampens New Year spirit

UPSETTING SITE: Steve Hills surveys vandalism at the cadet base in Preston
UPSETTING SITE: Steve Hills surveys vandalism at the cadet base in Preston
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Preston Sea Cadets welcomed the New Year in to news of vandalism to their base.

Vice chairman Steve Hills was at a New Year party when he received a phone call informing him of the problem at the building in Strand Road.

He said: “I got a call at 11.50pm on New Year’s Eve from another keyholder, who had been contacted by the police, saying the alarm was going off. I thought it was a prank at first, then we all had to try and sober up quickly and find out who hadn’t had a drink and could drive down there.”

When members arrived, police were already on the scene, and found damage to a window and a Preston Guild banner.

Steve added: “Quite surprisingly, they’ve not taken anything. They’ve forced a window in, damaged a banner that was attached to it, and had a rummage. It’s not the money, it’s the inconvenience factor. What a great start to the year.”

On New Year’s Day, the members travelled around Preston, trying to find building merchants who were open, to provide materials to board the damaged window up with.

Steve added: “We’ve managed to do a temporary job, which is important, as we’ve got the cadets wanting to use the building.

“We’ve got about 50 cadets now, we’ve had a really good uptake recently, after a rocky patch. This vandalism is exactly what we didn’t need.”

Police have appealed for witnesses to the late-night attack. A spokesman said: “It doesn’t appear the intruders took anything, although it would appear that they searched the building thoroughly.

“We would ask anyone who saw anything suspicious or has any information about this to contact us on 101 or anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”