Allotment sheds 
targeted by vandals

One of the damaged sheds.
One of the damaged sheds.

Allotment holders were greeted by scenes of devastation after vandals wreaked havoc on the Drayton East and West plots.

Sheds were vandalised, locks broken and a wooden fence smashed when the sites in Daventry were raided some time during the evening of Tuesday, November 18 and early morning the next day.

At least 18 locked sheds were broken into and vandalised with one door being left broken in half, yet nothing was reported stolen. Julia Lane, an officer at Daventry Town Council (DTC) in charge of allotments, visited Drayton East and West after receiving reports from plot holders.

She said: “It was shocking really to see how much damage had been done to the allotments by these people for no reason.

“I think it would have had to have been more than one person to have caused all that damage.”

A meeting was held by Northamptonshire Police, The Daventry Allotments and Garden Association and DTC to discuss improvements to security after the Drayton East and West allotments were repeatedly targeted in 10 separate incidents over the summer.

Then vandals smashed windows, trampled fruit and vegetables and stole some items.

A reinforced gate is due to be installed on both sites in the coming weeks to improve security, as well as hedges around the perimeter to act as a deterrent.

Daventry Town Council has repaired the damage to the fencing at the sites.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.