VANDALS have been condemned for causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage to the grounds of a Sheffield charity.
Staff at Mencap arrived for work on Park Grange Road, Norfolk Park, yesterday to discover that a concrete sign at the entrance to the Sheffield HQ had been ripped out of the ground and smashed to pieces.
It is expected it will cost hundreds of pounds to replace the sign and repair the ground.
Fundraising manager Lucy McKane branded the vandalism “wanton” and mindless”.
She has criticised those responsible for striking during the charity’s diamond jubilee year, when staff and service users should be celebrating.
“They have not only knocked the sign over - they have ripped it out of the ground and broken it up into pieces,” she said.
“This is our diamond jubilee year and we only recently had to hold a fundraising party to boost our funds because every penny we have we like to spend on services for the disabled - we just haven’t got hundreds of pounds to carry out unexpected repairs like this.
“The vandalism is completely mindless and whoever is responsible had nothing whatsoever to gain from it.
“We have informed the police and I hope anyone who knows who was responsible comes forward.
“There has been vandalism here in the past, which led to us installing CCTV, but this latest vandalism is in the grounds - it’s very difficult to prevent.
“Whoever did this must have been very determined, because it would have taken some strength to rip the sign out and damage it to such an extent.”
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.