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Vandals strike at £20k Jubilee garden in Lincolnshire days after opening

By Gainsborough Target  |  Posted: June 26, 2012

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A QUEEN'S Diamond Jubilee Garden created as part of a controversial £20,000 village project has been vandalised.

Parish councillors and other residents in Misterton are outraged by the senseless night time attack on the newly-opened site.

Plants were ripped up at the Station Street garden – just days after it was opened by the parish council as part of the jubilee celebrations.

A concerned Station Street resident reported the matter to Misterton Parish Council chairman Barry Cooper who then immediately informed the police.

"The parish council had worked so hard over the last few weeks in helping to create this wonderful garden in commemoration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee," said one resident.

"We now have some mindless individuals who have tried to destroy it in a matter of minutes."

Other locals visiting the nearby Co-op store were equally shocked and appalled at the devastation they had left behind.

Plans unveiled for the project were criticised back in March when it was revealed that the council had set aside £20,000 from public funds to pay for the scheme.

But council vice-chairman Alan Stead revealed that the damage to the garden had already been repaired.

"We are very grateful for the many offers of help we have received from members of the community since the vandalism was reported," he said.

"And we are particularly indebted to former councillor Maurice Simmons for replanting the shrubs in what can only be described as an extremely public-spirited gesture."

The parish council is now looking forward to some minor finishing touches being completed, particularly the natural screening at the back of garden.

Notts Police confirmed it had received reports of the vandalism.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the vandalism attack can call the force on 101.

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  • Adrian1208  |  June 27 2012, 11:56AM

    It's gainsborough, what do you expect, garden looks a load of rubbish anyway

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  • VictorToo  |  June 27 2012, 9:43AM

    I know what you mean.

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  • Mr_Sneer  |  June 27 2012, 9:33AM

    Perhaps. However it doesn't strike me as particularly outré compared to some of the comments on this website.

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  • VictorToo  |  June 27 2012, 8:16AM

    @Mr_Sneer I think that might have been sarcasm, something I thought you would have realised.

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  • Mr_Sneer  |  June 26 2012, 10:14PM

    Not sure how to break this to you, hykehamfan, but we abolished capital punishment last century.

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  • hykehamfan  |  June 26 2012, 8:31PM

    I hope the perpetrators are caught and hung for this heinous crimes

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  • VictorToo  |  June 26 2012, 4:16PM

    Am I missing something ? That patch of gravel with a couple of plants in is the Jubilee garden and cost 20K ? Even if you include that bit of wall and a bench, it still seems a lot of money for that.

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