Vandals damage and dump garden furniture stolen from Irthlingborough charity

The damage caused

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Vandals stole and damaged garden furniture which had been given a new lease of life by a charity for people with brain injuries.

Staff at Headway East Northants discovered several items from the garden of its base in Irthlingborough High Street were missing on Monday morning.

Part of the damaged furniture

Part of the damaged furniture

After searching in and around their premises, they found the furniture had been smashed up and dumped down a bank outside the doctor’s surgery nearby.

Jean Tudor, services manager for Headway East Northants which supports people with an acquired brain injury in East Northants, Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and the surrounding area, said: “We are very disappointed, it’s just wanton vandalism.”

Several clients, who have varying degrees of disability and cognitive impairment as a result of their injury, had been involved with the project to renovate and restore the garden furniture.

Jean said they had put a lot of time and effort into the project, and they were devastated when they saw what had happened.

She said: “They just feel really upset and very disappointed.

“Having put all that work into it, they can’t understand why someone would do something like that.”

The charity runs a wooodwork group and the tutor is going to look at the furniture to see if it can be repaired.

But Jean added: “He’s not sure if it can be repaired as it is in bits at the moment.

“We just can’t understand why anyone would do this.”

The vandalism, which is believed to have taken place sometime over the weekend, has been reported to Northamptonshire Police.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the High Street area over the weekend, and anyone who has any information can contact the police on 101.