Owner of former Fareham pub site '˜disheartened' by vandals causing £2,000 worth of damage

THE OWNER of a former pub that he is transforming into a nursery has been left '˜disheartened' after vandals broke in and caused £2,000 worth of damage.

Thursday, 22nd November 2018, 12:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd November 2018, 1:22 pm
Some of the vandalism at The Hoeford Pub in Gosport Road, Fareham, which is being turned into a nursery
Some of the vandalism at The Hoeford Pub in Gosport Road, Fareham, which is being turned into a nursery

Peter Barnett bought The Hoeford Pub in Gosport Road, Fareham back in August and has been renovating the building ever since in order to open a nursery.

Peter said: '˜It is emotionally draining having to pick up the pieces and clean up every time we come back to the site.

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Some of the vandalism at The Hoeford Pub in Gosport Road, Fareham, which is being turned into a nursery

'˜We have had to board it up while working on it which has turned it into an eyesore.

'˜It is really disheartening and worrying that people have trespassed and done this damage including smashing all the lights on the bottom floor and letting off the fire extinguishers.' 

Workmen on the site have spotted three youths who climbed onto a flat roof and smashed four windows on the first floor, including a unique stained glass window. 

The latest incident happened at around 1.15pm on Monday November 11. 

Some of the vandalism at The Hoeford Pub in Gosport Road, Fareham, which is being turned into a nursery

Peter added: '˜I am not concerned for when we finish the nursery because we have installed CCTV and there will be alarms and other protection but it is a shame a group have done such damage while we renovate the building.'

A police spokesman said: '˜We are appealing for witnesses and information after around £2,000 worth of damage was caused to a building that is currently being renovated in Fareham.  '˜If you have any information, please contact 101 quoting reference 44180434014. '˜Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting the same reference.'