A COMMUNITY group has hit out after ‘mindless’ vandals destroyed a display aimed at promoting the history of their area just days after it was unveiled to the public.
A committee from Burncross Action Team spent months designing and raising funds to put up boards with facts about Ecclesfield, Sheffield, in a number of floral displays in the area.
The finished signs, which represented months of hard work from the group, were unveiled by Ecclesfield Parish Councillor Jonathan Jones in a celebratory ceremony.
One of the history boards, which was put up in Barnes Hall housing estate in Burncross was pulled from its stand and stolen - just a day after an article about the unveiling appeared in The Star.
The team sprang into action immediately to repair the damage, believed to be the work of vandals, but there are concerns the boards could fall victim to similar attacks in the future.
Steve Tye, a member of the committee, said: “The boards are the result of seven or eight months of work from the committee. We worked together to agree what should be put on them, had them made professionally and chose the sites where they’re installed.
“Our unveiling was in The Star and then a day later someone was driving past and told me it had been completely pulled off the stand.
“We were extremely upset by it. For the work of members to be treated in this way when they were just trying to do something good for the community is unacceptable. It’s just mindless vandalism.
“We have repaired it and replaced it using all our own resources, but it is not looking as good as it was. They go towards our entry for the Britian in Bloom competition.”
Members have reported the incident to their local Police Community Support Officer and rallied together to send out a stern message to the perpetrators.
Mr Tye said: “The message we would like to convey is that the people who care about their communities are stronger than those who carry out these anti-social acts.”