December 14, 2015
Vandals halt Burnham charity worker's support of army veterans

An angry Burnham-On-Sea charity worker says vandals who attacked his car over the weekend have caused deliveries of supplies to army veterans across the region to be halted.

Burnham resident Steven Fraser, pictured, works for Blesma, an Army charity that supports servicemen who have lost limbs, use of limbs or eyesight through combat and service.

He regularly visits needy servicemen across the region in his car, delivering vital mobility equipment to them.

But over the weekend Steven was one of several residents in Burnham-On-Sea whose vehicles were attacked by vandals.

Burnham-On-Sea Police issued an appeal for witnesses after the attacks early on Saturday following three thefts from vehicles and four incidents of criminal damage.

Steven told "They threw a stone from my neighbour's garden that completely smashed the passenger side window - I know because I found the stone on my dashboard."

"Now I can't drive the car for my charity work until the damage is fully fixed."

"On Saturday I was due to visit two amputees in Hereford who need support so it is very disappointing and frustrating."

"I have also had to cancel other visits and have not been able to deliver a mobility scooter to an ex-forces amputee in Yeovil who won't be able to get about," added Steven.

He added that the charity also faces a bill to cover some of the repairs. "The charity will have to pay the £250 excess plus any other costs on top because of this."

"We are generally lucky in Burnham and crime is minimal, but these people need to understand the inconvenience and impact to others."

"I hope my story will prick a few consciences."

"I was out there at 2am sweeping up glass and then had to ring up people who are vulnerable to tell them that I can't come to help them - it is very annoying."

Anyone with information about the incidents should contact Burnham-On-Sea Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Burnham-On-Sea Police issued an appeal for witnesses after the car attacks


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