Did they have nothing else better to do? Vandals attack charity HQ on Christmas Day

Age UK Buckinghamshire in Aylesbury suffered vandalism over Christmas. Pictured is Mary Arnaud, Information and Support Officer
Age UK Buckinghamshire in Aylesbury suffered vandalism over Christmas. Pictured is Mary Arnaud, Information and Support Officer
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Four windows at a charity’s office were smashed in a Christmas Day attack, causing up to £400 worth of damage.

Age UK Buckinghamshire’s commercial manager Fred Durrans was called to the charity’s office in Meadowcroft, Aylesbury, at 7pm after the emergency alarm went off.

He arrived at the portacabin offices to find four of the double glazed windows smashed with what he believes to be rocks or pieces of concrete.

Mr Durrans, who lives in nearby Watermead, said: “It’s just a crying shame.

“Here we are, a charity supporting the older folk in Aylesbury and we don’t have much money available to fix the damage.

“We’re having to use money we could have used to look after people who really need it, just because of some people’s fun and games throwing stones.

“We have no idea who could have done it, and we can’t afford CCTV.”

The charity’s information and support officer Mary Arnaud said: “Fred had to come out and board up the windows on Boxing Day to make them safe.

“It’s just mindless vandalism.”

The damaged windows have been made safe but Mr Durrans estimates the cost of repairing them will be between £300 to £400.

He said: “It’s not just the direct cost, but also the cost of clearing up, the disruption, the risk of weather damage and the fact that we’re not being able to use this office while we wait for the windows to be repaired.”

The vandalism has been reported to the police.

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