Doncaster community group caught in ‘hostage’ ordeal

Damage caused to Bullcroft Memorial Hall, Carcroft by a group of 20 masked yobs on October 14.

Damage caused to Bullcroft Memorial Hall, Carcroft by a group of 20 masked yobs on October 14.

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A gang of masked yobs held a group of Doncaster residents ‘hostage’ as they pelted a community hall with bricks, stones and pieces of wood.

Around 20 vandals who had concealed their faces with scarves interrupted a meeting at Bullcroft Memorial Hall as they carried out the onslaught.

Damage caused to Bullcroft Memorial Hall, Carcroft by a group of 20 masked yobs on October 14.

Damage caused to Bullcroft Memorial Hall, Carcroft by a group of 20 masked yobs on October 14.

People at the North Doncaster Development Trust meeting on Wednesday evening said they were forced to remain inside during the prolonged ordeal while they waited for police to arrive.

A spokesman for the hall, on Chestnut Avenue, Carcroft, said: “The hall and the people inside were unfortunate victims of violence and destruction while being held hostage inside the building as a group of approximately 20 masked youths lay siege to the building for over an hour.

“What initially started as throwing eggs at the front windows quickly escalated into throwing bricks and pieces of wood at the building.

“Those who were inside the building were the victims of mindless and selfish violence, causing serious distress to those involved.”

Nobody was injured but two windows were smashed and a car was damaged during the incident.

A 48-hour dispersal order came into force at 9pm last night in a police bid to prevent further offences.

Under the section 35 order, it will be an offence to gather in a group while it is in place.

Insp Richard Collingwood told The Star: “I would like to reassure residents that we will continue to take positive, targeted action throughout the area to tackle any issues.

“There will also be high visibility patrols in the area.”

John Burke, whose car was damaged by the group, says he was left disappointed by the attack.

The Wheatley man said: “We were attending a meeting for the North Doncaster Development Trust, which as a community organisation, tries to improve the environment of the north Doncaster area.

“It does a lot of good work for people in Doncaster, so it’s a shame that they would do something like that.

“When we got out it looked like something was on my car, and when I got there I saw that they’d smashed my back window, and snapped off the windscreen wipers.”

Bullcroft Community Hall is owned by the North Doncaster Development Trust, which has 30 dedicated members of staff who work on a variety of regeneration projects across the North Doncaster area.

Call police on 101

quoting incident number 935 of October 14.

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