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Vandals damage garden wall in Sutherland Way, Stamford

The wall outside the home of Jean Maker, 79, in Sutherland Way, Stamford. Vandals have repeatedly damaged the wall. Photo: MSMP110814-001rt EMN-141108-175136001

The wall outside the home of Jean Maker, 79, in Sutherland Way, Stamford. Vandals have repeatedly damaged the wall. Photo: MSMP110814-001rt EMN-141108-175136001

Mindless vandals who damaged the garden wall of a home has left its elderly occupants facing expensive repair bills.

The coping on five of the nine brick columns at Jean and Bob Maker’s Sutherland Way home, in Stamford, has been knocked off as has some of the cement along the top of the wall.

The damage, which has been reported to police, happened on Saturday night.

Mrs Maker, 79, said: “When I saw it at 7am on Sunday morning I was absolutely shocked. It has really upset me. It’s going to cost us a lot of money.

“People walking past were shocked, too. There is damage in several places and it’s definitely deliberate.”

Mrs Maker and her husband have thrown the bricks and chunks of cement into their garden for the time being so people don’t trip over them while walking past.

Part of the couple’s garden borders Empingham Road with the rest in Sutherland Way which, they describe as a “quiet area where everyone looks out for each other”.

Mrs Maker, who has recently recovered from a stroke said: “We’ve lived here since 1947 and there have been a few instances when the wall was damaged but never to this extent.

“This is the first time it has really upset me because they have done a lot of damage which will need expensive repairs. I cannot believe someone would do this.

“We have tolerated it for years, but this time it is really bad.

“Every time this happens we have to pay out to get it repaired.

“I hope it pricks someone’s conscience and they do the decent thing and go to the police.

“I just want to get to the bottom of this because not only is it costing us money and causing us distress, but it is also dangerous for people who are cycling past, the elderly or anyone walking on the footpath.”

Anyone who witnessed the vandalism or has information about it should contact police on 101 quoting incident number 128 of Sunday, August 9.

 

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