Allotment crime problem grows

Vandalism at Gladstone Street allotments in normanton.Pictured Pc Sandi Pearson
Vandalism at Gladstone Street allotments in normanton.Pictured Pc Sandi Pearson

ALLOTMENT holders across the city have had their plots trashed and tools stolen.

More than a dozen plots were destroyed and buildings smashed at three different sites in Normanton and Altofts, while thieves also targeted sheds and homes in Eastmoor and College Grove this week.

As well as stealing garden tools, bikes, golf clubs and ladders, the break-ins have ruined hours of hard work by plot holders.

Heather and Chris Pick have been growing vegetables at the Gladstone Street site in Normanton for 18 months. Their potting shed was attacked sometime during Monday night.

Mr Pick, 62, said: “We felt sick. Nothing seems to have been stolen, they just trashed it. We have spent a lot of time and effort making it look nice.

“We have spent about £1,000 on putting in double glazing and a pebble path and we won first prize for the best allotment on the site last year.

“We now expect something every time we go down there.”

Mr Pick said he had only just replaced his locks after being broken into the week before, but nothing was damaged.

Police admit they are constantly battling against the problem.

Sgt Kristy Lindley, of Normanton neighbourhood police team, said: “There is a problem with allotment break-ins, but there has been a lot more reported this week.”

The Heys Buildings site in Church Road, Altofts, was targeted overnight on Saturday while sheds in Norwood Street, Normanton, were smashed.

Four men were arrested in the Altofts area at 2am yesterday and are being questioned in connection with the break-ins. They were still in custody as the Express went to press.

Anyone with any information can contact police on 08456 060606 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.