Vandals smash window at blind charity

PUBLISHED: 11:57 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 31 May 2010

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MINDLESS vandals hurled a plant pot through a charity s shop front window causing a £1000 worth of damage. Resource centre manager for Support 4 Sight, Paul Atkins, said: The pot had been thrown with some force and we found it about six feet inside the b

MINDLESS vandals hurled a plant pot through a charity's shop front window causing a £1000 worth of damage.

Resource centre manager for Support 4 Sight, Paul Atkins, said: "The pot had been thrown with some force and we found it about six feet inside the building. The window has been completely smashed and furniture has been damaged."

Mr Atkins and his support worker Belinda Hudson discovered the damage when they arrived at the building on George Street, Saffron Walden, at 8.45am on Wednesday morning.

"I was very angry and bitter when I discovered what had happened," said Mr Atkins. "If I had come to the shop with my guide dog rather then my support worker I wouldn't have discovered the damage until I was right on top of it. It could have been very dangerous for me and my dog."

Support 4 Sight provides information and equipment for people who are visually impaired.

"Things had been going really well for us," said Mr Atkins. "We had just had a visit to the town from the Action for Blind People bus which was a great success. This mindless vandalism is a huge blow for us.

"We're insured so it's not just about the money. We've had to close the office for the day and cancel appointments. We were due to be holding a computer training session which has been called off."

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Saffron Walden Police Station on 0300 333 4444.


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