Shrub in precinct planter vandalised

The damaged planter with damaged shrub
The damaged planter with damaged shrub
The head of the shrub
The head of the shrub

One of the planters in the precinct was damaged when vandals snapped off the head of a shrub last weekend.

The plants in the precinct are paid for by Crosspool Forum and maintained by volunteers.

The vandalism follows the post box and bus stop outside Spar being daubed with graffiti just before Christmas.


Bullet points from Special Allotments Open Meeting

Fire at Hagg Lane & District Gardeners' Allotments Society hut
Damage caused by the recent arson at
Hagg Lane & District Gardeners’ Allotments Society hut

Earlier today Crosspool Forum hosted a Special Open Meeting at St Columba’s to discuss recent vandalism to local allotments.

Fifty three allotment tenants from Marsh Lane, Hagg Lane, Rosco Bank and Rivelin attended with a view to discussing how to prevent such problems in the future.

The attendees came up with nine proposals – download the bullet point summary below.

Special Allotments Open Meeting bullet points (PDF, 58KB)

Tricycle and pram damaged by vandals on Carver Fields

Tricycle and pram damaged by vandals on Calver Fields
Tricycle and pram damaged by vandals on Calver Fields

Toys belonging to two young girls were ruined by vandals yesterday afternoon in an incident on Carver Fields.

Crosspool mum Lucy Whittle Watkins was out with her three year-old and 20 month-old daughters. They temporarily left a tricycle and toy pram just inside one of the entrances to the fields while they went to sit on a bench.

They returned to find the tricycle ruined, with the saddle smashed, the guide pole snapped off and basket broken, leaving Lucy angry and her daughters very upset.

Lucy said: “I shouldn’t have left it unattended, although I’ve left things there before with no problem. I’ve a learned a sad lesson today.”

She is planning on reporting it to our local police Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT). If you saw or know anything about this incident then please get in touch with Crookes SNT by dialling 0114 296 4803 or 101.