Flowerbeds in Broadstairs have become the latest target of vandals, with a spate of attacks over the last few days.
A total of five flowerbeds in Pierremont Park and beds along the High Street have been attacked, with flowers stolen and others ripped out and left on the ground. The vandalism has been almost nightly over the past week and the cost of re-planting them, including labour time, has now topped the £500 mark.
Cllr. Roger Latchford, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, said: “Our grounds maintenance teams are doing an excellent job of ensuring that the area is at its best as we head towards the height of the summer season, with some superb planting schemes throughout the District. It’s exceptionally frustrating that a mindless minority of yobs are destroying their good work. Not only is it costing money to tackle this vandalism, but what sort of impression does this give to people visiting our area? We want everyone to be able to take pride in Thanet. It’s a beautiful place to live and work in and we want people to feel the same when they visit.”
He added: “Someone must have seen what happened. I would urge anyone with any information to come forward. This is costing taxpayers’ money to repair, as we can’t leave our parks, especially high profile ones in our town centers, in such an appalling state.”