Lupset chippy gets smashed up

Damien Schofield of George-a-Green Fisheries in Lupset after vandals have caused �900 of damage. (W515A233)
Damien Schofield of George-a-Green Fisheries in Lupset after vandals have caused �900 of damage. (W515A233)

VANDALS have smashed up a Lupset fish and chip shop.

A passer-by contacted George-a-Green Fisheries owner Damien Schofield last Sunday morning after seeing broken benches and flowers thrown across the ground.

And it is not the first time the shop, on George-a-Green Road, has suffered at the hands of vandals.

In 2008 the Express reported an attack on a flower arrangement outside the shop that was due to be entered into the Wakefield in Bloom contest.

Mr Schofield, who has owned the shop for about five years, said: “It seemed to have calmed down for a while but now it’s getting worse and worse.

“I had these benches redone recently and they’ve been smashed up.

“They were fixed to the ground but they’ve smashed in all the welding. You can’t really sit on them now.

“The flowers were really coming on as well, but now they don’t look good at all. It’s getting beyond a joke.

“Customers have told me that they’ve even seen kids sat on the roof of the shop drinking at night, and they’re disgusted.”

Mr Schofield, 38, said local people began helping to tidy the place up the next day.

He said: “People were quick to help us tidy the place up. It’s not just myself who is affected by this, when something like this happens it is no good for customers or for the community. I’m fed up of it.”

A police spokeswoman confirmed officers were looking into criminal damage at the shop, which they believe took place between 8pm on Saturday and 6am on Sunday. She said the damage was estimated at £950. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact PC David Vollans on 101.