issue appeal after vandals leave trail of damage in East Huntspill
left a trail of damage after going on a late night rampage following
an outdoor music event near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend.
organisers of East Huntspill's Music On The Green event, held
on Saturday, called in police after gazebos and tents were ripped
up, a car was badly damaged, tables and chairs were broken, and
litter bins and signs were damaged.
Birt, who is a member of the organising committee, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It was a sickening sight to find it like this on Sunday
morning after a super event the night before."
lot of hard work goes into putting on this free music event each
year and, after all that effort to bring our community together,
we were devastated that someone would do something like this."
said: "Four gazebos were ripped to pieces and a car parked
in the field next to the village hall was completely trashed."
roof was badly dented by people stamping on it, the wing mirrors
were ripped off and the petrol cap was pulled off so that a liquid
could be poured into the petrol tank."
added: "Incredibly, the police wouldn't come out to us initially
- they just wanted to give us a crime reference number by phone.
It was only after further pressure that they came to visit us
and were shocked to see it."
Huntspill parish councillor Rob Prowton added: "It was blatant
vandalism and the organisers are understandably heart-broken that
this happened. The area was left tidy the night before, so it
must have occurred in the early hours of the morning, although
nobody seems to have heard anything."
spokesman Martin Dunscombe confirmed: "We are investigating
the criminal damage that occurred at the village hall in East
Huntspill between midnight and 7.45am on Sunday July 28th. Anyone
with information should call police on 101."
The scenes of damage outside East Huntspill Village hall