Vandals hit Mind’s new building in town centre

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Volunteers who have given up hundreds of hours to help a charity get its new base open are sickened that the building keeps being attacked by vandals.

Mind’s new home in Rushden is due to open in part of the former Peter Crisp department store in July and volunteers have been giving up mornings and weekends for almost two years to get it ready.

But the building regularly gets attacked by vandals and in the latest incident one of the few windows which had not been boarded up was smashed by a heavy rock.

Mind trustee and Rushden councillor Marian Hollomon said: “We want to find out who is doing this.

“I’d like to be able to take them around and explain to them what the building’s going to be used for.

“The last thing we want is for the people at Mind to be sitting here behind barred windows.”

The volunteers discovered the latest smashed window when they turned up to work on Sunday, February 26, and believe the damage was carried out sometime between the Friday night and the Sunday morning.

Cllr Hollomon said: “We’d already boarded up most of the windows to make it safer for us but we need to keep ones like this clear so we have enough light to work.

Hopefully these problems won’t delay the opening but the repairs are costing the charity additional money.”

Mind is still recruiting volunteers who can help get the building ready and is keen to attract plasterers, plumbers and general labourers on Tuesday mornings.

Anyone who can help is asked to call 01933 353643.

Anyone who has information about the vandalism can call police on 101.