THERE has been anger and disappointment among villagers after a week of senseless vandalism and petty thefts left a trail of destruction costing of hundreds of pounds to put right.
Over the last two weekends thieves and vandals have targeted the swimming pool, sports club and Methodist Chapel in Heckington.
On Saturday night it is believed two people broke into the grounds of the community pool on Howell Road causing damage. A white van parked nearby at the playing field was also badly damaged.
A door and old leaded window were wrecked to get into the Methodist Chapel on Church Street and the office window at the bowls club was smashed.
A vehicle on High Street had its windscreen and passenger window smashed and a purse was stolen from a table outside the Nag’s Head pub between 10.45pm and 11.30pm.
Furious parish council chairman Richard Higgs said these incidents followed on from a burglary at the playing field pavilion on Bank Holiday Monday.
Intruders moved on to the swimming pool, forced their way into the kitchen, dragging out boxes of ice creams, scattering them around and contaminating the water. They damaged the pool safety cover, costing around £900. Another £1,400 in damage was caused at the pool in Saturday night’s break in.
Mr Higgs said he was handing CCTV footage of the incidents to police and added: “It is sheer vandalism. But we are concerned for the safety of the two that entered the pool this weekend because the water has been contaminated. There are serious health concerns and they should seek medical treatment.”
Shrubs were also pulled up in Christopher Close.
“It has broken the spirit of the volunteers at the swimming pool and sports club,” said Mr Higgs. “These people give up their time for the village and then to see their hard work smashed to bits is disheartening.”
Former swimming pool committee chairman Bev Lewis still assists with the running of the pool and said it had already cost them money treating the water with extra chemicals. Forced to close early the pool committee has lost two weeks of the season after a slow summer, putting them in financial difficulties as they drain reserve funds for other repairs.
“A lot of people are just disbelieving at who would have damaged community buildings which they have probably used themselves,” said Bev.
But volunteers had been heartened by the offers of support they have received.