Outrage as vandals attack War Memorial

Richard Grocock inspects the torn braille info board SUS-140110-174232001
Richard Grocock inspects the torn braille info board SUS-140110-174232001

A spate of vandalism in Hailsham has sparked outrage from the town council.

The town’s War Memorial, the sensory garden for the blind and a new block of toilets were all attacked last week.

Richard Grocock, a Hailsham town councillor, said, “The vandalism in the War Memorial is the one that hurts the most.”

He said information signs had been laid out around the High Street memorial to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War. “The first one they pulled it out of the ground and discarded it in the churchyard,” said Mr Grocock.

“On Monday lunchtime I noticed someone had managed to kick one and break it in half.

“They are showing no respect for what the memorial represents.”

He also helped to set up the Dennis King Memorial Orchard and Sensory Gardens, which was designed for blind, visually impaired, deaf and disabled people to enjoy, with different themed areas to heighten visitors’ response to sight, taste, smell, touch and sound. “A lady said she was down there on Sunday,” said Mr Grocock.

“She said there are a lot of children screaming and running around there.

“I asked one of the chaps to go down. He came back and said they had actually damaged the Braille sign we had put up for the blind and visually impaired. It is damaged beyond repair. It is mindless and wanton vandalism just for the sake of it.

He said he did not know how much it would cost to replace the sign.

What’s more, the toilets in North Street were vandalised for the third time since the block opened in July.

A Hailsham Town Council spokesman said, “The town council wishes to express its dismay at the news that the public toilets have been vandalised yet again, resulting in the theft of a door-stop and damage to one of the toilet roll holders.

“Sussex Police are aware of the problem and we would urge anyone who has information regarding the damage or who may be responsible to contact the police on their non-emergency 101 number.

“We would like to call upon nearby residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or damage to the toilet facilities immediately.”