Robot lawnmower vandals will be prosecuted, warns district council

PUBLISHED: 15:16 18 October 2019 | UPDATED: 10:42 19 October 2019

One of the district counci;'s robot lawnmower was damaged by vandals. Picture: Terry Ife/contributed

One of the district counci;'s robot lawnmower was damaged by vandals. Picture: Terry Ife/contributed

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Vandals who stamped on and smashed a robot lawnmower at an Exmouth sports ground will be prosecuted, the district council said.

Warren View in Exmouth. Ref exe 48 18TI 5662. Picture: Terry IfeWarren View in Exmouth. Ref exe 48 18TI 5662. Picture: Terry Ife

One of the automated lawnmowers at Warren View sports ground was vandalised overnight on Thursday (October 17).

The police have been informed and the district council says once the culprit is identified, it intends to prosecute them.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) says repeated vandalism of the robot lawnmowers puts any saving to the taxpayer provided by the machines at risk.

An EDDC spokesman said: "It has been stamped on/smashed and is currently being assessed by our maintenance technician, but it may be beyond repair.

The lawnmower damaged at Warren View sports ground. Picture: ContributedThe lawnmower damaged at Warren View sports ground. Picture: Contributed

"This wanton damage of our robo mowers is immensely frustrating and disappointing. Our robo mowers are proving an efficient and effective means of managing the grass in our green spaces, parks and recreations grounds.

"However repeated vandalism will put this at risk and jeopardise savings for taxpayers.

"We have reported this crime to the police and are awaiting a crime number.

"We don't tolerate vandalism in any form and if the person who carried out this damage is identified by the police, we will prosecute."

Devon and Cornwall Police has been approached for comment.

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