Yobs trash Burnley’s community farm

James Horsford inside one of the damaged polytunnels at the Lancashire Pennine Farm.'Photo Ben Parsons
James Horsford inside one of the damaged polytunnels at the Lancashire Pennine Farm.'Photo Ben Parsons

“Cannabis-smoking” yobs have trashed polytunnels at a Burnley urban farm for adults with learning difficulties.

The vandals wreaked havoc after breaking into the Pennine Lancashire Community Farm which is a charity that has worked with hundreds of disadvantaged Burnley people.

Bosses believe youths broke into the March Street site to smoke illegal drugs before tearing up one of the polythene grow tunnels.

Hundreds of pounds worth of damage was caused in the raid last Monday night which was captured on CCTV.

James Horsford, manager of PLCF, said gangs of youths were breaking in, using illegal drugs and then vandalising property.

He said: “They break in for somewhere to smoke cannabis in the dry. They are going in and smoking drugs. Cannabis is illegal but the problem is that when they are off their heads on it they are doing more damage.

“Vandalism and anti-social behaviour are a persistent issue.”

The incident happened on Monday night last weekbetween 7-30pm and 9pm at the allotment site. Police are scouring CCTV images to catch the four suspects who are believed to be between 18 and 21 and of Asian origin.

But James hopes someone in the community may know who the culprits are or may have spotted them on the night.

He said: “It’s so sad when a small number of individuals does so much damage to facilities which are designed and used by all members of the Burnley Community and which costs time and money to repair.

“Unfortunately this is far, far from the first time of suffering from this problem and we really need the community as a whole to identify these individuals and call them to account.

“It is very difficult for some adults with learning disabilities to see the work that they have undertaken mindlessly destroyed and plants pulled up unnecessarily.”

If you have information please call either Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or Pennine Lancashire Community Farm on 01282 421 690.