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Despair as vandals wreck Huncoat flower tubs

Lancashire Telegraph: Despair as vandals wreck Huncoat flower tubs Despair as vandals wreck Huncoat flower tubs

A COUNCILLOR says children as young as eight or nine are vandalising improved areas of a village.

Flower troughs in Burnley Road and Bolton Avenue in Huncoat had been planted out for the summer months by Huncoat Community Forum.

The forum had used money set aside for the Huncoat in Bloom project and had also persuaded dozens of volunteers to give up their free time to help put the planters together.

Forum member and local councillor Dave Parkinson said members and volunteers had become exasperated in recent weeks upon seeing the plants uprooted and thrown in piles on the ground.

Coun Parkinson said members had seen very young children running away from vandalised flower troughs and he himself had scolded a young girl.

He said: “I was talking a walk on Burnley Road and saw a young child pulling flowers out of the troughs we had planted up.

“She couldn’t have been more than right or nine, but it was very aggravating to see everyone’s hard work literally uprooted. It had taken quite a bit of time and money to get it looking good. We had to pay out for everything, including the compost that is ending up in piles on uprooted plants.

“It’s not on. Most children are not even allowed out at that age.

“She was very remorseful when I told her who I was and how hard we had worked on them.

“But it shouldn’t be happening.

“It was just very irritating to see such a young child grabbing the plants and rooting them up.

“The plants were all over the floor and we had seen that happening over the course of a week.

“Over the past 20 years we have transformed Huncoat and people generally do take a lot more pride in the area now.

“We need to keep it up.”

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4:17pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Mr Banford says...

theres so many stories and complains about kids vandalising, stealing, and hurling abuse at people yet nobody is doing anything about it.
police may take names but 5 minutes later the kids are wreaking havoc on someone elses street.
we could give them a clip round the ear yet we would be the ones being prosecuted.
children have always thrived on causing mischief but there used to be an element of fear to keep them in check. once they realise we are powerless they walk all over us and do what the hell they want.
something has to change.
theres so many stories and complains about kids vandalising, stealing, and hurling abuse at people yet nobody is doing anything about it. police may take names but 5 minutes later the kids are wreaking havoc on someone elses street. we could give them a clip round the ear yet we would be the ones being prosecuted. children have always thrived on causing mischief but there used to be an element of fear to keep them in check. once they realise we are powerless they walk all over us and do what the hell they want. something has to change. Mr Banford
  • Score: 11

4:54pm Fri 11 Jul 14

moxhie says...

You only need to see how some children behave towards their own parents and how some parents behave in the presence of their children to realise that something is badly wrong .

We are reaping what we have sown .

We are living in a society where so many are devoid of any profound values , and so what can we expect but a mess ?
You only need to see how some children behave towards their own parents and how some parents behave in the presence of their children to realise that something is badly wrong . We are reaping what we have sown . We are living in a society where so many are devoid of any profound values , and so what can we expect but a mess ? moxhie
  • Score: 13

11:11am Sat 12 Jul 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

It's hardly crime of the century is it. .
It's hardly crime of the century is it. . 2 for 5p ridesagain
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9:08am Mon 14 Jul 14

whitty-147 says...

maybe these children should be encouraged to join in planting things then they would take responsibility for these in future you can only help these children understand by teaching them life's responsibilities and a lot of children don't get taught this at home shouting at them and telling them your a councillor doesn't stop them from doing this but showing them what they can do makes them take responsibility
maybe these children should be encouraged to join in planting things then they would take responsibility for these in future you can only help these children understand by teaching them life's responsibilities and a lot of children don't get taught this at home shouting at them and telling them your a councillor doesn't stop them from doing this but showing them what they can do makes them take responsibility whitty-147
  • Score: 0
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