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Mindless vandals target new bike shed in Weymouth
12:44pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
'MINDLESS vandals' have smashed up a Weymouth bike shed weeks after it was built.
Plastic panels on the side of the new shed on Westham Bridge were damaged overnight on Monday.
Angry residents have branded the vandalism 'a disgrace' as the shelter was only built last month.
Michael Fielding, of Abbotsbury Road, said: “The shed has not been up very long, just a couple of months.
“Any vandalism is really bad and this is not very good at all, it's a disgrace.
“It's a little way out of town which makes it a bit vulnerable I suppose.”
Robert Manning, of Dorchester Road, regularly cycles into the town centre but said he does not use the bike shelter in case anything happens to his bike.
He said: “It's quite a good idea and we need more bike sheds around Dorset but I think it's a silly place to put it and it would be better in the town centre on the seafront or something.
“With idiots like this around I wouldn't leave my bike there in case something happened to it.
“It's so stupid and it's the council's money.”
Westham residents David and Dianne Ninnim said the damage is 'mindless vandalism'.
Mr Ninnim said: “It's a shame it's been damaged, I'm sure it was quite expensive and it's only just been put up.
“It looks like it's been kicked in.”
The bike storage was installed by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council with funding from Dorset County Council in August.
It was paid for by Dorset County Council out of the £2.4 million it received from the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).
Speaking in August a borough council spokesman said the 'secure compound' is in a 'well lit area which is covered by CCTV'.
A spokesman for Dorset Police said a patrolling officer reported the damage on Tuesday morning.
She said: “Plastic panels have been popped out of the new bike shed.
“We have informed the local authority and would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact Dorset Police on 101.”
Councillor is outraged
COUNCILLOR Christine James, spokesman for transport and infrastructure, said: “What is the point of doing something like this?
“I'm so sick of people in this town smashing things up.
“Why smash something up that people have put up and paid for?
“It's totally unnecessary and ridiculous.
“I would encourage anyone who saw anything to contact the police - someone must have seen something because it's right on the main road.
“We can't let these people get away with it.”
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