East Doncaster Development Trust volunteers 'fed up' with constant vandalism at Dunscroft premises

East Doncaster Development Trust representatives are sick of vandalism at their Dunscroft premises
East Doncaster Development Trust representatives are sick of vandalism at their Dunscroft premises

A Doncaster-based volunteer organisation is losing the will, and the money, to fight vandals which they say have been targeting its headquarters.

Members of the East Doncaster Development Trust are fed up with incidents at their Dunscroft premises.

The latest happened between lunchtime Saturday and centre manager Bill Morrison returning to the building on Monday morning.

Someone had uprooted a tree which was part of the memorial garden for Liam Maughan, a Doncaster soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Mr Morrison, who is also the chair of trustees, found the tree lying on the ground.

It's the latest in a string of incidents at the Station Road headquarters.

A bench in the garden was smashed 'to matchwood' on one occasion.

Garden furniture was often targeted. It had been repaired by volunteers and smashed again by the vandals.

Mr Morrison, a 72-year-old resident of Ash Hill Crescent, Hatfield, said the damage was 'very unfair'.

"Not just for the people who work to make the garden look nice, unfair for the person the garden is there for," he said.

The late Harold Cocayne opened the garden in 2010.

"The garden had some purpose. It had meaning," Mr Morrison said.

"But obviously the local people don't respect it."

The trust, Mr Morrison said, was 'there to help people'.

The volunteers help with CV writing, job searching and benefits advice.

The service, which has six volunteers, is entirely self-funded.

"We have to go out looking for funding," Mr Morrison said.

"The bit of money we've got is dwindling away very quickly."

He said they were using it to beat the vandals.

"So they don't beat us," Mr Morrison said.

The trust, Mr Morrison said, was sick of reporting the incidents to police.

"All you get is a crime number," he said.

He said Dunscroft was 'no better or worse than anywhere else',

Parents weren't taking an interest and young people were 'disrespecting' everything, Mr Morrison said.

South Yorkshire Police have been approached for comment.