Fury at £13k vandal attack on charity

Gillian Sheard at Pennine Magpie, Ovenden with the vandalised polytunnel.
Gillian Sheard at Pennine Magpie, Ovenden with the vandalised polytunnel.

The manager of a charity which helps adults with learning difficulties has talked of her shock and anger after vandals wrecked a garden, causing £13,500 of damage.

Police have released CCTV images of the seven male vandals, who are all between 14 and 18-years old, carrying out the heartless attack on the newly-built garden at Pennine Magpie, Club Lane, Ovenden.

CCTV images of vandals carrying out attack on a poly tunnel at Pennine Magpie, Club Lane, Ovenden.

CCTV images of vandals carrying out attack on a poly tunnel at Pennine Magpie, Club Lane, Ovenden.

And Pennine Magpie manager Gillian Sheard said the vandalism, which was carried out between 8.40pm and 9pm on Tuesday, October 14, had reduced students to tears.

“It’s absolutely disgraceful. Why would anyone want to do it? If you went in to their homes or their bedrooms and did the same thing how would it make them feel?” she said.

“All we are trying to do is enhance and enthuse the lives of our students.”

During the attack the vandals damaged a £12,000 poly tunnel, which the charity will have to pay £1,500 to repair.

CCTV images of vandals carrying out attack on a poly tunnel at Pennine Magpie, Club Lane, Ovenden.

CCTV images of vandals carrying out attack on a poly tunnel at Pennine Magpie, Club Lane, Ovenden.

Ms Sheard said students use the poly tunnel for growing vegetables, which are given away to local groups so the attack has affected the whole community, She also said since the attack, the charity’s CCTV system has been linked to her house, meaning that she will get an alert any time the cameras pick up movement.

Inspector Colin Skeath of the Halifax Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Pennine Magpie do some great work in the community and for this sort of vandalism to have taken place is disgusting. The damage will cost a lot of money to replace and so I am appealing directly to the local community to call in with any information they may have about who did this.”

Two of the teenagers were wearing jackets with stripes down the sleeves and one was wearing a burgundy jacket with a white zip. One also had a ‘man bag’ across his chest, while another was on a bicycle and had a rucksack

Anyone with information should call the police on 101.

CCTV images of vandals carrying out attack on a poly tunnel at Pennine Magpie, Club Lane, Ovenden.

CCTV images of vandals carrying out attack on a poly tunnel at Pennine Magpie, Club Lane, Ovenden.