Garden vandalised

MISTERTON residents were outraged after vandals attacked the newly-opened Jubilee garden on Friday night.

Parish council chairman Barry Cooper alerted the police after a resident informed him a number of newly-planted shrubs had been uprooted and thrown around the garden.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said people were ‘appalled’ at the devastation left behind.

“After the parish council has worked so hard over the last few weeks in helping to create this wonderful garden in commemoration of the Queen’s Jubilee, we now have mindless individuals who have tried to destroy it in a matter of minutes,” he said.

Parish council vice chairman Alan Stead thanked people who had rallied round to help after the incident.

“We are very grateful for the many offers of help we have received from members of the community and are particularly indebted to former councillor Maurice Simmons for replanting the shrubs in what can only be described as an extremely public-spirited gesture,” he said.

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

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call the police on 101.