Members of an allotment association have expressed their anger after vandals stole garden equipment and set fire to their shed, causing extensive damage.
At about 3am last Wednesday police and fire crews were called to a communal area at the allotments on Wykham Lane, Bodicote where the shed containing equipment was set alight and several lawn mowers were stolen.
Tony Jarrett, chairman of the allotment association, said: “We are all gutted that it happened by stupid and mindless vandals. Taking the machinery is one thing, but to burn the shed it was in is another. I am at a loss for words at what has happened.
“We come up here every day to work on the plots as a retirement hobby and we all enjoy it immensely.”
Police are currently investigating the attack, which they are treating as arson, and officers have visited the scene a number of times.
Alan Lake, who owns an allotment site at the field, was one of the first on the scene on Wednesday morning.
He said: “This is a terrible act of vandalism and we are really angry and upset at what has happened, we couldn’t believe it.
“We all really enjoy coming up here, tending to the garden and speaking to friends and we don’t know why they have done something like this.
“With the weather we have had recently, it is a lovely part of the countryside to spend your time in.”
There are about 30 allotments at the site, with owners growing vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, broad beans, cabbages and marrow.
The association has previously reported minor thefts of vegetables but Mr Jarrett said this is the most serious incident they have seen.
“It has knocked us back a bit and we were thinking whether we should carry on. But we won’t back down to these thieves and we hope they are found and duly punished.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.