A FAMILY has been left devastated after vandals trashed an allotment dedicated to their late dad.
Around £1,000 worth of damage was caused during the attack at the site in Brimington.
The allotment, maintained by brothers Shaun, Kevin, Steven, Mathew and Paul Tye, was owned by their father Bernard for over 30 years.
Bernard died three years ago but his family have maintained the site in his memory.
Shaun 40, said: “My dad had the allotment for many years and we spent quite a bit of time up there with him so thought it would be nice to carry it on.
“Nothing like this has ever happened in all these years and my dad would not be best pleased to say the least.
“It was the place he went to chill out during the least few years of his life and to think people could go on to his property and do this is shocking.”
Vandals slashed a 35ft polytunnel, that was bought by Bernard just before he died and destroyed plants.
The ransacked site, on Coronation Road, was discovered by members of the allotment society on Friday, March 23.
Bernard’s wife Karen, 60, of Newbold, said she had installed a cross at the site in memory of her husband only a week before the attack.
She added: “Fortunately they didn’t touch that.
“Bernard loved his garden and people at the allotments are always telling me how much they miss him.
“He would have gone mad to see this.
“I can’t understand why they’ve done it as they don’t get anything out of it.”
Shaun said: “Dad had the site for a long time and the allotment holders were worried we might give it up because of this but we are determined not to let that happen.”
Witnesses should contact police on 101 or call Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.