Yobs put Rishton allotment site under attack

Michael Bibby with his burned-out shed

Michael Bibby with his burned-out shed

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

AN ALLOTMENT site is coming ‘under attack’ from vandals who have set fire to sheds and killed livestock.

In the latest incident one of the sheds, which was used to store fruit and vegetables, was destroyed in an arson attack, and another badly damaged by the flames.

Earlier this year, 13 ducks and a goose were killed when somebody broke into the Parker Street allotments in Rishton and shot them with an air rifle.

Michael Bibby, who lives in Cornwall Road, has tended the site for the last 13 years and said that the damage had cost him more than £6,000.

The 68-year-old retired lorry driver said: “It is getting beyond a joke. It is getting out of hand.

“I have got to rebuild the shed now, which will cost me £3,000. That is if I decide to rebuild it, because it might all be pointless.

“You never know what you are going to face when you come down here.”

Mr Bibby’s wife Brenda, 65, also goes down to the allotment two to three times a week.

She said: “We should be enjoying our retirement, but it is just hard work, it is a struggle to keep it.

“But we are going to continue with it. We have got to, otherwise the vandals have won.”

Hyndburn crew manager Steve Hartley said: “Someone had set fire to the allotment shed. It was engulfed by the fire and the flames affected the shed next to it.

“We thought there were some animals inside, but they were outside, which was good.

“The owner came down and he was upset, as you can imagine. He put a lot of pride into his allotment.

“It follows previous vandal attacks which have included geese being killed and somebody breaking into a shed and stealing some chickens.”

He said that police were investigating the incident.

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7:13pm Mon 3 Sep 12

useyourhead says...

3k for a shed, never in a million years!
3k for a shed, never in a million years! useyourhead
  • Score: -3

8:34pm Mon 3 Sep 12

liddle 'un says...

useyourhead wrote:
3k for a shed, never in a million years!
I think your missing the point.
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: 3k for a shed, never in a million years![/p][/quote]I think your missing the point. liddle 'un
  • Score: 1

9:04pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Ronnietate says...

And what will happen if they ever catch the scumbags who did this? Not a lot I suspect. The owner should be allowed to shoot them!
And what will happen if they ever catch the scumbags who did this? Not a lot I suspect. The owner should be allowed to shoot them! Ronnietate
  • Score: 0

9:18pm Mon 3 Sep 12

useyourhead says...

liddle 'un wrote:
useyourhead wrote:
3k for a shed, never in a million years!
I think your missing the point.
most of you will think that.
[quote][p][bold]liddle 'un[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: 3k for a shed, never in a million years![/p][/quote]I think your missing the point.[/p][/quote]most of you will think that. useyourhead
  • Score: -2

9:55pm Mon 3 Sep 12

colin 15 says...

Bring back conscription, get the yobs off the streets. Maybe the army can make men of them after all the do gooders have failed.
Bring back conscription, get the yobs off the streets. Maybe the army can make men of them after all the do gooders have failed. colin 15
  • Score: 2

10:22pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Chris P Bacon says...

colin 15 wrote:
Bring back conscription, get the yobs off the streets. Maybe the army can make men of them after all the do gooders have failed.
A voice from 1933 there. Should we bring back birching and hanging as well?
[quote][p][bold]colin 15[/bold] wrote: Bring back conscription, get the yobs off the streets. Maybe the army can make men of them after all the do gooders have failed.[/p][/quote]A voice from 1933 there. Should we bring back birching and hanging as well? Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 1

10:35pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Stuart Farquar says...

It's the 'food' and water that is making the yoofs so feral. No point in rebuilding as they will just wreck it again.
It's the 'food' and water that is making the yoofs so feral. No point in rebuilding as they will just wreck it again. Stuart Farquar
  • Score: 0

11:25pm Mon 3 Sep 12

John Peters says...

useyourhead wrote:
3k for a shed, never in a million years!
You obviously haven't bought any large sheds lately. This isn't a 6x4 garden shed.. http://www.diy.com/n
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ldings/sheds-garden-
storage-workshops/wo
rkshops/-specificpro
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[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: 3k for a shed, never in a million years![/p][/quote]You obviously haven't bought any large sheds lately. This isn't a 6x4 garden shed.. http://www.diy.com/n av/garden/garden-bui ldings/sheds-garden- storage-workshops/wo rkshops/-specificpro ducttype-over_12ft_w ide/Shire-12-24-Wood en-Loglap-Shed-Works hop-with-assembly-11 987617?ecamp=cse_go_ 12498323&tmcampid=4& tmad=c&CAWELAID=1231 204303 John Peters
  • Score: 0

7:26am Tue 4 Sep 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

John Peters wrote:
useyourhead wrote:
3k for a shed, never in a million years!
You obviously haven't bought any large sheds lately. This isn't a 6x4 garden shed.. http://www.diy.com/n

av/garden/garden-bui

ldings/sheds-garden-

storage-workshops/wo

rkshops/-specificpro

ducttype-over_12ft_w

ide/Shire-12-24-Wood

en-Loglap-Shed-Works

hop-with-assembly-11

987617?ecamp=cse_go_

12498323&tmcampi
d=4&
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1231
204303
That's not counting for the man hours to remove the old one and erect the new one. So 3k is just to buy it.
[quote][p][bold]John Peters[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: 3k for a shed, never in a million years![/p][/quote]You obviously haven't bought any large sheds lately. This isn't a 6x4 garden shed.. http://www.diy.com/n av/garden/garden-bui ldings/sheds-garden- storage-workshops/wo rkshops/-specificpro ducttype-over_12ft_w ide/Shire-12-24-Wood en-Loglap-Shed-Works hop-with-assembly-11 987617?ecamp=cse_go_ 12498323&tmcampi d=4& tmad=c&CAWELAID= 1231 204303[/p][/quote]That's not counting for the man hours to remove the old one and erect the new one. So 3k is just to buy it. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 0

9:03am Tue 4 Sep 12

happycyclist says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
colin 15 wrote:
Bring back conscription, get the yobs off the streets. Maybe the army can make men of them after all the do gooders have failed.
A voice from 1933 there. Should we bring back birching and hanging as well?
Yep.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]colin 15[/bold] wrote: Bring back conscription, get the yobs off the streets. Maybe the army can make men of them after all the do gooders have failed.[/p][/quote]A voice from 1933 there. Should we bring back birching and hanging as well?[/p][/quote]Yep. happycyclist
  • Score: 2

9:27am Tue 4 Sep 12

Graham Hartley says...

useyourhead wrote:
3k for a shed, never in a million years!
Which million years? I expect that during the coming million years, garden sheds will cost rather more than three thousand pounds.

Assuming a modest rise in the cost of sheds to be one percent per annum compound then after ten years the cost will have increased by a factor of 1.01 multiplied by itself ten times, or about 1.105 - but after two hundred years the factor will be about 7.32, making the cost of a shed almost twenty-two thousand pounds. After five hundred years the factor rises to almost 145, so the shed will cost a little over 434 thousand pounds.
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: 3k for a shed, never in a million years![/p][/quote]Which million years? I expect that during the coming million years, garden sheds will cost rather more than three thousand pounds. Assuming a modest rise in the cost of sheds to be one percent per annum compound then after ten years the cost will have increased by a factor of 1.01 multiplied by itself ten times, or about 1.105 - but after two hundred years the factor will be about 7.32, making the cost of a shed almost twenty-two thousand pounds. After five hundred years the factor rises to almost 145, so the shed will cost a little over 434 thousand pounds. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 1

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