THUGS HUNTED AFTER COMMUNITY GARDENS DAMAGED IN NORTH BELFAST

Local charity volunteer Billy Nicholson observes the damage done to the pot and climbing plant which he bought with his pension money.

Local charity volunteer Billy Nicholson observes the damage done to the pot and climbing plant which he bought with his pension money.

POLICE are appealing for information following the report of criminal damage in the Shore Road area of Belfast.

It is reported that at sometime between 5pm on Monday, 15th September and 3pm on Tuesday, 16th September, a number of unknown persons entered Park Grove Community Gardens and damaged fruit trees, flower pots, flower beds and a poly tunnel.

Speaking of the incident, Constable Michael Gillies, York Road Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), said: “This appalling and senseless attack on a local community garden has left the charity conservation volunteers who tend it not only bewildered but very upset.

“Bewildered because they, and I’m sure most people, cannot understand why this has happened and very upset because these elderly people volunteer their time and effort to try and improve the environment for the local community; a number of the trees that were damaged were due to be exhibited in a Belfast competition.

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact Police at York Road on the non-emergency number, 101.

Charity volunteer, Billy Nicholson with Constable Gillies, York Road NPT, Joan Nicholson, Volunteer and Helen Tomb, Project Manager, The Conservation Volunteers.

Charity volunteer, Billy Nicholson with Constable Gillies, York Road NPT, Joan Nicholson, Volunteer and Helen Tomb, Project Manager, The Conservation Volunteers.

“Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111”, he said.

 

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