Yobs damage gardens belonging to Sheffield pensioners for third time in fortnight

Residents Mary Wright, Thora Bond and Patricia Gott in the gardens at their flats in Littledale that have been raided by plant thieves again
Residents Mary Wright, Thora Bond and Patricia Gott in the gardens at their flats in Littledale that have been raided by plant thieves again
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Vandals have damaged gardens belonging to a group of Sheffield pensioners – for the third time in a fortnight.

In the latest attack, garden equipment was stolen, plants ripped out and flower pots overturned in the gardens near a community block of flats on Bowden Wood Road, Littledale.

Residents Mary Wright, Thora Bond and Patricia Gott in the gardens at their flats in Littledale that have been raided by plant thieves again

Residents Mary Wright, Thora Bond and Patricia Gott in the gardens at their flats in Littledale that have been raided by plant thieves again

Residents have now made a public plea for those causing the damage to stop.

The damage is being caused to a communal area of gardens where residents have individual areas of their own to look after, with the latest incident happening between 11pm on Tuesday, June 9, and 9am the next day, when it was discovered.

Patricia Gott, who has lived in the area for 16 years, said some of the most elderly residents have been left deeply upset by the latest attack.

She said: “It was a right mess, with soil all over and plants damaged.

“It is a community block of flats and it is all elderly people.

“I bet this is the seventh or eighth time that this has happened in the last couple of years.

“The year before last, it was destroyed and started again.

“It has been three times in the last two weeks.

“We just want to keep it tidy and decent.”

Mrs Gott, aged 69, said she hoped those carrying out the attacks would realise how much they are upsetting the residents, some of whom are aged in their eighties.

She said: “Please stop doing it and upsetting us.”

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “A report of theft was made to police on Wednesday, June 10, from a property on Bowden Wood Road.

“Garden equipment was taken between 11pm on Tuesday, June 9, and 9am the next day.

n Anyone with information is asked to call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 174 of June 10, 2015.