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Allotment holders left fuming after spate of arsons.

ALLOTMENT holders in Yardley have been left fuming following a spate of arsons at their beloved plots.

ALLOTMENT holders in Yardley have been left fuming following a spate of arsons at their beloved plots.

Plot holders of Clay Lane allotments have asked police patrols to be stepped-up, because vandals are repeatedly torching their sheds.

Geoffrey Smyth, aged 64, who has had his plot for eight months, said: “We are all getting on in years and this is our pastime. We cannot afford to replace the lost property, the sheds, the food, we also have nowhere to get changed. If I could say anything to the people doing this it would be, what satisfaction are you getting doing this?”

The grandad-of-three said 37 sheds had burned down in the last 18 months. His shed burned down on Friday April 27, together with four others.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “As well as regular patrols, officers have been looking at other initiatives to deter offenders and last year officers from the South Yardley team used money from the Police Property Act fund to help prevent sheds and plots being targeted. The cash was awarded to the allotment association to purchase security items such as anti-climb paint, signs and CCTV cameras.”

 

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