Youth group’s fury after vandals damage benches

DISAPPOINTED: Bradley Smith and Justin Carter with the benches.
DISAPPOINTED: Bradley Smith and Justin Carter with the benches.
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The leader of a youth club has condemned the “callous vandals” who damaged a pair of benches donated to the group.

Two wooden benches outside The Hub at Belle Vue House in Sudbury were targeted on Thursday night.

The vandalism left the seating, which is used by teenagers in the town every Friday evening, badly damaged.

“When I found out, I was devastated and disappointed,” said project leader Justin Carter.

“These benches were donated for the kids and it is very frustrating that this can happen when we are just trying to help out.”

The benches were funded by a number of fundraising events carried out through the West Suffolk College Youth East programme, and included a cake sale, snooker tournament and DJ night.

The programme helps people not in education, employment or training.

“It is callous vandalism and it is sad because The Hub is going so well,” said Mr Carter, a youth worker for Babergh District Council.

Community warden Bradley Smith, who discovered the “trashed” benches, said the damage had occurred between 8pm on Thursday and 10am the next day.

“It is annoying because it is just mindless,” said Mr Smith.

The Hub runs from 7pm to 9.30pm on a Friday and was set up at Belle Vue in July.

Anyone with information regarding the vandalism should contact police on 101.