Budleigh town centre security to be discussed after ‘mindless vandals’ strike

PUBLISHED: 06:30 18 September 2017

'Mindless vandals' emptied flower troughs in Budleigh town centre. Picture: John Ireland

'Mindless vandals' emptied flower troughs in Budleigh town centre. Picture: John Ireland

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Budleigh Salterton Town Council could discuss the possibility of town centre CCTV after ‘mindless vandals’ emptied flower troughs, in Fore Street,

'Mindless vandals' overturned a concrete planter on Budleigh sea front. Picture: John Ireland'Mindless vandals' overturned a concrete planter on Budleigh sea front. Picture: John Ireland

Town centre security is set to be on the agenda at Budleigh Salterton Town Council after a spate of anti-social and criminal acts.

Mayor Alan Dent said an attack by vandals on Budleigh in Bloom flower troughs is the latest in a series of incidents in the town centre, and the council will now discuss what can be done.

One of the measures that could be discussed at the next town council meeting on Monday, September 25, could be CCTV cameras to help deter criminal and anti-social activity.

On Saturday, members of Budleigh in Bloom were left ‘shell-shocked’ after town centre flowers were targeted at the weekend.

'Mindless vandals' empties flower troughs in Budleigh town centre. Picture: John Ireland'Mindless vandals' empties flower troughs in Budleigh town centre. Picture: John Ireland

‘Mindless vandals’ overturned plant troughs in Fore Street, emptying flowers into the road and a nearby brook.

On the same night, a concrete planter in Marine Parade was also turned over.

Budleigh in Bloom, which looks after these plants, has been counting the cost of the attack, which could set the charity back up to £500.

Chairman Chris Ireland said: “Apart from the mindless vandalism itself, the loss of plants is distressing because all our volunteers had worked especially hard to make the High Street as attractive as possible for the visitors to the Literary Festival.

“Now we have empty troughs and others with plants missing.”

Chris told The Journal that she was woken up at 6.50am on Sunday after one of the charity’s helpers noticed the damage when collecting his morning newspaper.

She said the attack was perpetrated with ‘considerable force’.

Volunteers spent hours cleaning the nearby road of the debris from the incident, which destroyed three of the seven troughs located near the Fore Street car park.

The flowers on display included begonias, fuchsias and perennial plants.

Budleigh in Bloom now faces having to replace the plants as well as some of the troughs and the brackets which attach them to the railing.

The charity is urging anyone who has information about the incident to contact police.

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