Published On: Sun, Oct 19th, 2014 on 2:09 pm

Polytunnel used by people with learning difficulties vandalised

Pennine Magpie Polytunnel

Police would like to speak to these men in connection with the incident

Police are appealing for witnesses after a polytunnel used by a Calderdale charity was damaged.

On 14 October between 8.40pm and 9pm, seven males damaged the tunnel punching through the plastic skin, making it unusable until it is fixed.

It belongs to Pennine Magpie, a community charity based on Club Lane, Ovenden, which provides a base for adults with learning difficulties to attend and engage with other people who carry out various activities.

One of those activities is gardening and they have built a large garden and a polytunnel to grow vegetables inside. The tunnel was recently made.

Officers want to speak to seven males in connection with the incident.

They are all aged around 14-18. Two of them were wearing jackets with stripes down the sleeves and one was wearing a burgundy jacket with a white zip.

One had a ‘man bag’ across his chest, and one was on a bicycle and had a rucksack.

Inspector Colin Skeath of the Halifax Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Pennine Magpie do some great work in the community and for this sort of vandalism to have taken place is disgusting.

“The damage will cost a lot of money to replace and so I am appealing directly to the local community to call in with any information they may have about who did this. Contact police on 101.”

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