Vandals trash Burnley urban farm

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MINDLESS idiots who trashed an urban farm in Burnley over the Easter weekend causing £500 worth of damage have been slammed by project bosses.

Yobs broke into the Pennine Lancashire Community Farm, which is used by people from across East Lancashire, some time on Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday.

They smashed planters and fences, ripped locks off gates, trashed a seating area and slashed polythene tunnels.

One resident reported seeing two teenage boys leaving the site with hammers over the weekend and police are investigating the incident. Mr James Horsford, manager of the farm, in March Street, Stoneyholme, said: “It’s for the benefit of residents and the whole community. We get people from right across Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn and Rossendale coming here.

“Thousands of volunteer hours have been spent on the farm by all different types of people and members of the community.

“It’s very hard to keep people’s motivation going if they’ve seen their work smashed to pieces.

“We had managed to get some crate boxes used for industry and we recycle them into planters. One man spent a lot of time painting one of these and they’ve come along and smashed it to pieces. How do I motivate him to feel positive about life and positive about what he’s doing.

“We have a fantastic relationship with the local community it’s just a shame that there are a few stupid idiots who would do this.”

The community farm, which has won awards for its work, has been on its current site for around two years. Anyone with information should call police on 0845 125 35 45 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.