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Anger at vandal rampage

Coun Andrea Kay with the statues as they were installed at Pheasant Wood Drive in Thornton. Below: After the vandals damaged them.

Coun Andrea Kay with the statues as they were installed at Pheasant Wood Drive in Thornton. Below: After the vandals damaged them.

Sickened community leaders today told of their anger after vandals ripped statues from their plinths.

The revamped garden on Pheasant Wood Drive, Thornton, was re-developed by people living on the estate after it became an overgrown eyesore.

Coun Andrea Kay part-funded the project, which saw the metal statues of pheasants put in alongside benches, a Christmas tree and new turf.

She said: “It makes me sick.

“They’ve tried to pull them out of the ground and tried to pull the beaks off the pheasants. I can’t believe someone would do that and damage them.

“People are really upset because we put a lot of work into it and someone has smashed them up.

“Everyone was so excited about doing the project and doing a carol service around the tree.”

The work was done as part of Democracy Week on October 17 as volunteers from all over Wyre worked with staff from waste management firm Global Renewables.

Residents of both Pheasant Wood Drive and Crabtree Road volunteered their time to go out and re-develop the patch, which had become neglected and overgrown.

The cost of the damage has not been calculated but it is expected to run into hundreds of pounds.

Coun Kay added: “People put a lot of effort into this and it’s very hard to take.

“It’s so wrong to do this when we are trying to make an area look better.

“The people who have done this should have to answer to the public if they are caught.”

Volunteer Cis Short, from Cleveleys, helped out with the project.

She said: “It’s quite sad.

“A lot of people put a lot of work into that and doing it was quite back-breaking.

“I enjoyed doing it and it’s a shame it can’t be left for people to enjoy.

“Maybe the people who did this can put their energy into something positive like volunteering instead of doing this.

“Everyone who was there went to a lot of effort to do this which makes it worse when someone comes along and does this.”

Coun Kay is counting the cost of the damage and searching for anyone with metalwork experience to help repair the damage.

Call her on 07813 593821.

 
 
 

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