‘Mindless vandals’ smash Exmouth charity’s window

PUBLISHED: 17:30 05 March 2018

Age Concern, Exmouth's broken window. Ref exe 08-18TI 8023. Picture: Terry Ife

Age Concern, Exmouth's broken window. Ref exe 08-18TI 8023. Picture: Terry Ife

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The ‘mindless vandals’ who smashed an Exmouth charity’s window have been told to come forward and apologise, even if they do not pay for the damage.

Gill Smith of Age Concern, Exmouth, with local businessmen Ian Crook of Wealth Management and Malcolm Sansom of MPS. Ref exe 08-18TI 8037. Picture: Terry IfeGill Smith of Age Concern, Exmouth, with local businessmen Ian Crook of Wealth Management and Malcolm Sansom of MPS. Ref exe 08-18TI 8037. Picture: Terry Ife

Age Concern, on Roll Street, had its window smashed by criminals some time over last weekend. Damage was also caused to a window at Minnie’s Eatery.

Age Concern CEO Jill Smith said her ‘heart sank’ when she discovered what had happened.

She added: “I was looking at the window thinking something wasn’t right and then I realised what had happened.

“We work so hard to keep this place open and most months we end up dipping into our savings to keep the power on and doors open.

“So, when somebody causes mindless damage it really sets us back. It’s so frustrating.”

Jill said despite what had happened, she had been overwhelmed by people’s generosity in Exmouth, which showed what a wonderful community it had.

After hearing about the vandalism, Malcolm Sansom of MPS Glass and Window Centre Ltd fixed the charity’s window for free.

Jill said they had also been given £500 in donations, £250 of from Ian Crook of Wealth Management and £250 from an anonymous donor.

She added: “It is only really because of the kindness of other people that we have been able to get it fixed.

“I didn’t know what we would have done without them.

“I think the person who is responsible should have the courage to come forward and apologise, even if they don’t pay for it.

“These vandals should try and think more about the implications of their actions, especially on charities like ours.”

Joyce Devaney, the manager at Minnie’s Eatery, said the window had only just been replaced after vandalism the weekend before.

“We had it fixed on the Thursday and on the Friday it was gone again, not even 48 hours had passed. It is disgusting.

“You can literally see the fist mark in the window.

“We have had most of them smashed at some point before now. It would be nice for once if somebody came forward and put their hands up and offered to pay towards fixing it.”

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