HAILSHAM: Anger as mindless vandals strike at sensory garden

A gate was damaged
A gate was damaged

MINDLESS vandals have ripped through a special garden for people who have disabilities.

Sussex Police and Hailsham Town Council are appealing for witnesses to help find the idiots who were responsible for vandalism to the Dennis King Memorial Sensory Garden, off Dunbar Drive.

Plants were uprooted

Plants were uprooted

Around £100 worth of damage was caused to the garden which was opened to the public by the Hailsham In Bloom Committee in June 2010.

The garden allows blind, visually impaired, deaf and disabled individuals to enjoy the outdoors.

It is believed that the vandals struck last Wednesday evening (September 7).

They caused damage to a gate between the site and Grovelands Primary School, before breaking a number of ground-level signs and uprooting bedding plants.

Councillor Richard Grocock, deputy town mayor and chairman of the Hailsham In Bloom Committee, has condemned the vandalism.

He said, “The town council puts a lot of money and time into providing quality gardens and open spaces for the local community to use.

“It is disheartening to see such mindless acts of vandalism from those intent on destroying their local environment.

“And the financial burden of repairing the facilities is passed on to the council tax payers.

“Blind, partially sighted and disabled people benefit from the sensory garden on a regular basis, and it is certainly of utmost importance that they feel safe and enjoy themselves in a welcoming environment at all times.”

Sergeant Howard Nevill of Sussex Police said, “The police take any report of mindless damage very seriously.

“The damage in this instance has affected the quality of life of a vulnerable group of our community and we will be working alongside Hailsham Town Council in looking to identify the offenders and bring them to justice.”

The town council will undertake repairs to the garden in the coming weeks.

Anyone with any knowledge of this incident is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 (reference serial number: 0971, 08/09/11) or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.