Vandals damage jubilee garden

Vandals damage jubilee garden in Hailsham
Vandals damage jubilee garden in Hailsham

Around £200 worth of damage was caused to Hailsham’s jubilee garden after vandals struck on Friday (September 6).

Hailsham Town Council and Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses to help identify those responsible after roses were trampled on and plants were uprooted in the Diamond Jubilee Community Rose Garden.

The garden, which is outside the library on Western Road, was opened to the public by Hailsham in Bloom in June 2012 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

It is believed vandals entered the garden on Thursday evening (September 5) or early Friday morning (September 6) of last week causing damage to one of the raised plant beds, and trampling on and uprooting a number of roses.

Damage was also caused to some of the climbing roses attached to an archway structure in the garden.

Councillor Richard Grocock, chairman of Hailsham In Bloom, denounced the vandalism, calling the damage to the garden a ‘mindless act.’

He said he is appealing to the public to help the police in their investigation and report any vandalism they might have seen.

He also asked people to remain vigilent and report any vandalism they see.

Cllr Grocock said: “Hailsham In Bloom puts a lot of money and time into providing quality gardens and open spaces for the local community to use.

“It is disheartening to see such mindless acts of vandalism from people intent on destroying their local environment.

“The incident has been reported to the police and we would encourage anyone with information about who has been responsible for these actions to contact the police so they can be dealt with.”

Sergeant Howard Nevill from Sussex Police said the force would be working closely with the town council and Hailsham in Bloom to bring the offenders to justice.

He said: “The police take any report of mindless damage very seriously.

“The damage in this instance has affected a widely used community garden and we will be working alongside Hailsham In Bloom to bring the offenders to justice.”

Hailsham In Bloom will carry out repairs to the garden in the coming weeks.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Sussex Police .

You can contact Sussex Police by calling 101.

You can also contact them anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.