Vandals launch attack on centre

A spate of vandalism at Malling Community Centre in Lewes over the holiday weekend has sparked an angry response.

The culprits smashed external walls, paving and an emergency fire escape.

Lewes Town Councillor Matt Kent said: “Why would anyone want to vandalise a local community centre that provides great support and services for local organisations, families and societies in and around Malling?”

Cllr Kent, who is a member of the centre’s committee, continued: “Over the last year Malling Community Association, Lewes Town Council and East Sussex County Council have been working hard to refurbish the centre for local people, so this kind of mindless criminality will now cost thousands of pounds that would be better spent on improving the centre and not repairing it after vandalism.”

He asked: “What possesses people to think that it is perfectly acceptable to criminally damage something that doesn’t belong to them, something that gives so much back to and benefits their local community?”

A Sussex Police spokesperson said: “Police are investigating a number of incidents of criminal damage which have occured at Malling Community Centre over the last few days.

“During this time youths have pulled several of the flagstones off the top of the wall, grafitti has been sprayed on a door, window and brick wall, and damage has been caused to a step.

“Enquiries have been carried out in the area but if anyone has information that could assist police then we would ask them to contact us on 1901, quoting serial 1005 of March 30.”