Viv Cole from Warley Woods Community Trust reports an astonishing act of mindless vandalism overnight.
Some idiots have uprooted five of the benches in the park, piled them high, and burnt them to ashes. That in itself is a disgrace, but the fact that these benches are ones where relatives have dedicated a bench in memory of a loved one, and were clearly marked to show that, just adds to the depravity of their behaviour.
It is difficult to get into the mindset of people who are capable of committing acts like this, and our sympathies must go out to the relatives who are likely to be extremely upset by hearing this news
In addition the Trust are going to have to find between 3-5,000 pounds replacing the benches and plaques. I understand there is likely to be an appeal launched to help fund the replacements, and it would be really good if the level of response demonstrated how strongly the local community feels about this brainless and malicious vandalism. We will publicise details of the appeal here on the blog and other social media.