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Vandals trash Lewes community centre located between police HQ and Police and Crime Commissioner's office

The Argus: Vandals trash community centre located between police HQ and Police and Crime Commissioner's office Vandals trash community centre located between police HQ and Police and Crime Commissioner's office

Mindless vandals have caused thousands of pounds of damage to a community centre and got away without being seen, despite the building sitting between Sussex’s police headquarters and the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Vandals smashed most of the windows at the Malling Community Centre in Spences Lane, Lewes at about 11.30pm on Friday night. They also broke in through the back door, ransacked the cupboards and broke through other doors and let off fire extinguishers.

They even set fire to a bin close to the building and bosses at the centre said they could have set the entire place on fire.

But despite the devastation left in the well used community facility, and the fact that the police HQ stands about 423 feet away, the vandals got away without being seen.

Now workers at the centre have started the long effort of cleaning up the chaos from Friday night and say they have been left devastated by what has happened.

Liz Allsobrook, chairman of the Malling Community Association, said: “I’m pretty depressed about the whole thing. It’s come as a massive shock as we’ve got so many community groups that use the facility. To most people it’s just a building but to those groups it’s a place they get together and at the moment I’m between furious and devastated by what has happened.

“We’ve had so many windows put through, they’ve broke in the back door, they’ve nicked a fire extinguisher and then thrown back in through the window.

“I have had to break the news to all of the community groups and people who hire the facility this weekend and everyone is shocked as to why anyone would do this.

“We are fortunate to have people who turned up in the early hours of the morning to help secure the building and assess the damage, for which I am very grateful as all who run this building are volunteers.”

Despite the devastation caused during the incident it doesn’t appear like anything was taken.

Police have carried out door to door enquiries and will be reviewing CCTV taken from nearby buildings.

Sussex Police were unable to provide any details of the incident and The Argus was unable to contact Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne before going to press.

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10:43am Mon 12 May 14

clubrob6 says...

Probably the police station is not manned like our part time police office in HOVE at night.But it's great for the government to justify the cuts as crime is down 13%,but in reality its just because we have fewer police on duty to record crime.
Probably the police station is not manned like our part time police office in HOVE at night.But it's great for the government to justify the cuts as crime is down 13%,but in reality its just because we have fewer police on duty to record crime. clubrob6
  • Score: 2

11:17am Mon 12 May 14

wippasnapper says...

Once upon a time you would see a bobby walking the beat these days you see one or two in a car rushing by but in the days of a bobby on the streets far less crime was committed these days with a lack of bobbies anywhere to bee seen its easy for vandals to commit the perfect crime. I.e. why fix what dote need fixing well it didn’t need fixing until gov reduced the number on the streets and in our communities this is why a crime like this is possible these days because you fixed what didn’t need fixing.
Once upon a time you would see a bobby walking the beat these days you see one or two in a car rushing by but in the days of a bobby on the streets far less crime was committed these days with a lack of bobbies anywhere to bee seen its easy for vandals to commit the perfect crime. I.e. why fix what dote need fixing well it didn’t need fixing until gov reduced the number on the streets and in our communities this is why a crime like this is possible these days because you fixed what didn’t need fixing. wippasnapper
  • Score: 2

9:07pm Mon 12 May 14

John Steed says...

it might stand 423 feet away but the community centre is about 50 feet lower in elevation and conviniently hidden behind a row of former police houses, not to mention some rather tall mature trees, and mayhew way which is a fly over. and embankment, the very idea that police staff at head quarters might have seen something is a ludicrus suggestion. before writing amaturish articles like this it might be advisable to use street view on line and actually see what is being written about. notwithstanding that the malling centre is a well used building and many small community groups will suffer from this mindless gratuatus vandalism
it might stand 423 feet away but the community centre is about 50 feet lower in elevation and conviniently hidden behind a row of former police houses, not to mention some rather tall mature trees, and mayhew way which is a fly over. and embankment, the very idea that police staff at head quarters might have seen something is a ludicrus suggestion. before writing amaturish articles like this it might be advisable to use street view on line and actually see what is being written about. notwithstanding that the malling centre is a well used building and many small community groups will suffer from this mindless gratuatus vandalism John Steed
  • Score: 3

6:41pm Tue 13 May 14

Goldenwight says...

I've just watched somebody ride a scooter the wrong way up the one way street outside Worthing Police Station while two uniformed constables stood outside watching but doing nothing.

To put it bluntly, they will get off their fat backsides and do something when it suits them and at no other time.
I've just watched somebody ride a scooter the wrong way up the one way street outside Worthing Police Station while two uniformed constables stood outside watching but doing nothing. To put it bluntly, they will get off their fat backsides and do something when it suits them and at no other time. Goldenwight
  • Score: 1

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