Teenage vandals’ night-time attack on disabled day centre

CCTV footage of the vandalism attack on planters at the Calder Valley Club, Mytholmroyd
CCTV footage of the vandalism attack on planters at the Calder Valley Club, Mytholmroyd

TEENAGE vandals have trashed the garden of a day centre for disabled people during a night-time rampage

Three girls, around the age of 15 or 16, were caught on camera wreaking havoc at the Calder Valley Club in Mytholmroyd.

The yobs can be seen grabbing two planters, a hanging basket and a potted sunflower before hurling them along Burnley Road and into the nearby canal.

The plants had all been lovingly-tended by users of the club, who were devastatedwhen they learned of the damage.

Pam Sharp, manager, said: “I don’t know how people can stoop so low, and I don’t know what fun they can get out of it,” she said.

“A lot of the people who come here have quite profound disabilities and this is their pleasure, coming here.

“For three young girls to want to ruin that, I just can’t understand their mentality.”

Police have been closely examining CCTV footage of the vandals, who struck at around 2.50am on Thursday.

Officers are now appealing for help in catching the culprits, who fled in the direction of Halifax at around 3.05pm.

All three were white and aged around 15 or 16. The first had short dyed-red hair in a bob style and was wearing a black vest, black leggings and light coloured shoes.

She was of medium build and carried a large dark-coloured shoulder bag.

The second was of medium to large build with short dyed-blonde hair, also in a bob.

She was wearing skinny light grey jeans, a black waistcoat and large black trainers, and carrying a large light-coloured bag.

The third was of medium to large build with dark-coloured hair in a ponytail.

She was wearing a white vest, white jeans with a dark belt and dark scarf, and carrying a square bag with a long shoulder strap.

Officers believe all three girls live in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Kate Crowther on 0845 6060606