The vandalism in Dane Valley appears unprecedented and is reported in this week's Thanet Gazette. Sue, who is in the thick of it and saw her husband's new allotement shed burned-down a week ago writes:
"Here we are again. five allotment gates kicked in and shed broken into last night (Friday). One padlock removed with key. You can't expect people to put up with this indefinitely. Or can you?"
I have to agree with her, protecting allotments may not be a core priority of Thanet's finest, but zero-tolerance to the vandalism that is occurring there should be. After a lad might start with burning-down a garden shed or two and work up to.. well, someone's house?
I know the council are trying hard from both sides of the political spectrum to do something about this but as I mentioned to one councillor this week, short of laying land mines and providing guard dogs roaming along the perimeter fence, I'm not sure how we can keep the vandals out?
Any ideas readers?