Sunday, 7 October 2007

Bastards

We’ve been vandalised again.

All my neighbour’s apples were taken, from two three-year-old trees that had their first good crop this year which was almost ready to harvest. Her pumpkins were all taken, her peppers and chillis were thrown around the place, my pond was trampled and a couple of apples and a pumpkin thrown in it.

But what’s really weird and disturbing this time is that our bathroom sink has been un-plumbed and removed, as has the toilet cistern and one of the taps a couple of plots away. We hear there are gangs going around nicking stuff like that for the value of the copper in the pipes, which is apparently worth more than all the tools which were left in the shed and the bolt cutter that they left at the scene. Bizzare.

8 comments:

Lord Higham-Johnson said...

Alice, this is getting ridiculous now. Have you considered moving away? It might be the best variant in the long run.

James said...

You and your neightbours must be so frustrated. I'd be gutted to have invested time and effort into my crops, and have someone trash pointlessly wreck them.

I'm curious - you have a sink at your allotment? Is this an eccentric place to grow a small bed of carrots? Or just for washing hands? I've inherited decaying bath, but it's mostly full of weeds.

Mr Toad said...

Alice, I'm so sorry for you. It's making my blood boil, so I can only imagine how you must feel.

You got to stop them getting in (prickly hedge maybe - long term though), make them ashamed of themselves (local paper campaign perhaps) or move...

We're with you in spirit - but that doesn't fix your pumpkins, doe it...

Melanie Rimmer said...

That's really sickening, Alice. It makes me furious when people work hard to create something and evil toerags can do nothing but destroy it.

This seems like a bad time, but I found your blog from the facebook allotments forum, and I've added it to my blogroll at www.bean-sprouts.blogspot.com. I've also subscribed to your RSS feed so I can easily keep up to date with your latest posts and photos. If you'd like to link back that would be great. But of yourse it's entirely up to you, I don't expect it.

commoner said...

That's really bad news. The more I hear of allotment vandalism and theft the more I dread it happening to me, and I guess it's inevitable. One of the really sickening aspects of it all is that on our site we've had a few break-ins that wereobviously carried out by other allotment-holders. I send sympathetic vibes!!

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Paul said...

Boo! Asbos! it's the only way! Or, poison the crops as bait.

Vee said...

yeh...too bad you might catch some helpless animal..or I would suggest my cunning plan... bear traps. That'd fix 'em. Love to see the look on their face when they lose a leg to one of those while trying to steal something.