Published: December 7, 2013
Two due in court after vandalism in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove

Two men will appear in court later this month charged with criminal damage following an incident at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove in October when £10,000 of damage was caused to the gardens.

A 20-year-old man from Highbridge and a 19-year-old man from Burnham-On-Sea have been charged with criminal damage following the incident in the town's Marine Cove on October 28th.

They will appear at Taunton Crown Court later this month, says Sedgemoor District Council, which oversees the gardens.

A council spokesman told "We have been working hard to try and ensure the gardens are soon back in top condition for residents and visitors to enjoy."

"SDC are working with four contractors to get the damage repaired. Works are expected to commence in the next few weeks with completion in the new year."

"Due to the specialist nature of some of the damaged items there is a 10-week manufacturing lead-in time."

During the incident - which occurred at around 1am on October 28th - two light columns were toppled, complete with stone foundation slabs, a Windsor Heritage lantern was shattered on its standing light column, and two tiers of stone paving were torn from the steps leading to the lion's fountain.

Other damage included two timber benches being ripped from their ground fixings and thrown into the pool, and the centrepiece cherub in the pool also being toppled. The sundial was also pushed over and the dial removed from its plinth.

The scene of the damage in Marine Cove on Monday morning

Paving stones were damaged and several lamposts pushed over

Benches were dumped in the pond - and the cherub was also pushed over

Marine Cove is currently closed to the public while the damage is assessed

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