Fenland businessman left counting cost after vandals ram greenhouse with car

VANDALS rammed a display greenhouse with a car at a Fenland business - forcing the owner to take measures to protect the site from further attacks.

The greenhouse at Barretts Leisure, off Leverington Common, was destroyed in the attack late on Saturday. The greenhouse was worth about �500.

Roy Hardiment, owner of Barretts Leisure, said: “It is very disconcerting that people would come and do that type of thing. As far as I know I have not offended anyone.”

It is the second time in the last month that the greenhouse was targeted. About four weeks ago some of the windows were damaged with a catapult.

Mr Hardiment was working late on Saturday when the incident happened, some time between 8pm and 10pm.

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He said: “I heard the noise of a car revving and I thought it was some neighbours who work on stock cars. But seconds later I heard a loud bang. I knew it wasn’t a collision along Leverington Common because you can hear the cars braking before the bang.

“When I went to look at the damage I saw tyre tracks through the gravel at the front of the site - some stones were about 30 yards from the site.”

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The incident has left Mr Hardiment no choice but to install fencing at the front of his business. He said: “We used to have a large sign but it was blocking the view of the show site and I removed it.

“But we are going to put up some fencing - we have been forced into that to protect the site.”

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