Disgruntled allotment owners in Hellesdon hit out over vandalised sheds

Keith Burdett at the Hellesdon allotments where various sheds were forced open.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Keith Burdett at the Hellesdon allotments where various sheds were forced open.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Allotment owners have hit out at the vandals who damaged their sheds.

Keith Burdett at the Hellesdon allotments where various sheds were forced open.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Keith Burdett at the Hellesdon allotments where various sheds were forced open.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Around a dozen doors were broken at the Hellesdon allotments, off Bush Road, overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday.

'It looks like they cut a hole in the fence and targeted sheds,' said Mark Vincent, who is on the committee of the Hellesdon Allotment Holders Association.

'I think they were looking for rotavators to steal but they'd strewn some property on to the allotments.'

The 50-year-old warehouse manager said the culprits had tried to jemmy open shed doors around the allotments.


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'A lot of the allotment holders were disgruntled,' he said. 'We've got a Facebook page and they said it was shameful. A lot of them are really upset as they spend a lot of money on their allotments. It's their pride and joy.'

He added that a similar incident had happened around Christmas, when items were stolen from a shed.

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Keith Burdett, 68, a retired sheet metal worker of Hellesdon, has an allotment at the site.

He said that nothing appeared to have been stolen, but items including Kit Kat bars that were in one of the sheds had been thrown around.

'It was a mindless thing for, presumably, kids to do,' he said. 'They must have nothing to do other than to annoy other people.'

A Norfolk police spokesman confirmed that the force had received a report of a number of alleged break-ins at the allotments overnight from April 5 to April 6.

An officer was set to meet allotment holders yesterday to take further details, and an investigation is ongoing.

Call police with details about what happened on 101.

Do you have a crime story? Email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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