Gardener finally gives in to vandals

AN enthusiastic gardener is today has finally given in to vandals today after the fourth attack on his allotment this year.Craig Osborne has been at the Bramford Lane allotments for the past eight years and enjoyed nothing more than spending his weekends out on his patch.

AN enthusiastic gardener is today has finally given in to vandals today after the fourth attack on his allotment this year.

Craig Osborne has been at the Bramford Lane allotments for the past eight years and enjoyed nothing more than spending his weekends out on his patch.

But when he came home to see fire engines dampening down a fire in a shed on his allotment he decided it was time to give up his hobby.

He said: “It is a tranquil place where you can go to enjoy yourself outdoors.


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“I learned how to grow things from one of the other allotment holders and have enjoyed doing it ever since. I have even won awards for the allotment.

“But I have finally had enough.

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“I have endured vandalism to a greenhouse, break-ins to my shed and finally the fire.

“It seems someone has it in for me and I have decided that enough is enough.

“It costs me a lot to replace every thing and so it is time I just gave up.”

The 22-year-old, of Bramford Lane, discovered the fire on his way home from a night out on Saturday .

As he walked past the allotments he could see a fire engine and police car and went over to chat to the officers.

He said: “I told them that I had an allotment on there and they described where the fire was.

“It was then that I discovered that it was my allotment they were talking about.

“I just couldn't believe it.”

Elsewhere over the weekend firefighters have tackled a fire in the car park of the Gainsborough Library, in Clapgate Lane, Ipswich, at 1.24am yesterday.

They also attended Pierce's Forge, in Main Road, Bredfield, at 6.15am yesterday where a small garage had been set alight.

Meanwhile five acres of stubble caught on fire and put out by fire crews next to Ashbrook House, Layham Road, Lower Layham, at 10.28am yesterday.

A tonne bail of straw and 50 metres of stubble were also alight at a field in Church Lane, Westerfield, three hours later, while just before 8.15pm firefighters were called out to deal with a fence and two wheelies bin on fire in Alexandra Road.

N Do vandals make you despair? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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