Garden City fence thieves are 'mindless idiots'


Romilly Scragg

EFFORTS to improve a neighbourhood have been wrecked by mindless idiots, says a dismayed community leader.

As many as 15 fence panels were stolen in an overnight raid at the community garden in Garden City.

And Flintshire councillor for Sealand Christine Jones said the theft made her sick.

The garden, which was opened in 2011, is maintained by volunteers, including former homeless people from the Clwyd Alyn housing Association’s Quay Project in Greenfield.

The Quay volunteers had only just painted the fence panels when they were taken and the housing association said it was now having to consider using wire fencing as an alternative.

Cllr Jones said: “The Quay Project is a brilliant project. They’ve worked really hard and now their efforts have been all for nothing.

She said Clwyd Alyn had spent a lot of money on improving the land, which is behind houses on Bridge View.

“The area was just run down with a brick building before. It was an ugly sight.

“They made it into a lovely garden. But now there’s no fences there it’s going to get ruined.”

“I get moaned at all the time that nothing ever gets done here,” she added. “And then when you do get something, things like this start happening. This is what really annoys me. Some idiot comes along and wrecks it.

“They’re mindless idiots. They make me sick.”

Louise Blackwell, community development officer for Clwyd Alyn Housing Association who manage homes in the area, said the theft was upsetting.

“It’s really like stealing from the local community,” she said.

“It’s particularly upsetting because young people from The Quay Project have done such a magnificent job visiting the gardens to keep the area tidy.”

A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “We had a call just before noon on June 5, reporting that fence panels had been stolen from a community garden in Garden City, Deeside.”

She said it was believed the panels were taken overnight between June 4 and June 5.

“House to house enquiries have taken place but no arrests have been made,” she added.

“Officers continue to appeal for anyone with information to contact PC Bowden or his colleagues on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting crime number R083747.

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