HEARTBROKEN volunteers who run Emsworth In Bloom (EIB) have condemned the vandals who ruined much of their work to brighten up the town.
The group saw some of their displays damaged last year – and now, just as spring has sprung, it has happened again.
Emsworth In Bloom leaders believe CCTV is the only way to deter the ‘drunken yobs’ they blame for the destruction.
It’s been a time of mixed emotions for EIB, who have won a grant from the Aviva Community Fund and are soon to have a visit from Havant MP Alan Mak to congratulate them on the award.
Sheila Morris, who helps run the group, said: ‘I got a phone call to say the three three-tiered planters in St Peter’s Square had been completely wrecked.
‘I went to take photos and it’s just wanton destruction.
‘I feel sad. So much time and effort goes into this project. For it to be destroyed in this way is devastating for the team.
‘But we won’t let them win and we will re-plant immediately.’
EIB is a community project which started when it occurred all the flower beds in Emsworth were weed beds.
Due to a lack of the council funds available to provide floral displays, residents started up EIB.
Anyone with information about the vandalism is urged to contact police, the council, or EIB volunteers. But Mrs Morris said the police would probably only act if they were alerted while the damage was being done.
She added: ‘Someone must have seen it (on Saturday night, about midnight).
‘The yobs were seen sitting on the top of the planters.
‘The planter in High Street was also vandalised. There are no cameras in Emsworth, which amazes me.
‘The only way we will catch these yobs in action is by CCTV.
‘I repeat – the yobs will not win. When anyone actually witnesses the vandals at work, they must ring 999 and the police will attend as soon as possible.’
Mrs Morris plans to talk to pub landlords to make them aware of the problem.