'Upset' over vandalism at Salisbury Plain village hall

'Upset' over vandalism at Salisbury Plain village hall

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:41pm 3rd July 2020.

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Donated books and face masks have been flushed down the toilets at the Brigmerston and Milston hall - but locals have rallied round to help.

The village hall has been open throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, as a place for the community to take part in book swaps, donate items for future jumble and bric-a-brac sales and as a resting point for those taking walks in the countryside from Durrington and Figheldean.

It's also home to a mask tree, with PPE created by the Salisbury Makers Hub and the Netheravon and Enford Makers.

But at some point on Tuesday (30th June), vandals went into the hall and put a number of the masks and books down the toilet, and attempted to flush them away.

Brigmerston and Milston Village Hall Entrance Doorway
Some of the donations at Brigmerston and Milston Village Hall

COMMUNITY STEP IN TO HELP

Since the incident earlier this week, there's been a huge show of support for Brigmerston and Milston Village Hall.

The local makers groups have donated another 100 masks to them to replace those lost and damaged.

In fact, they've been given so many that the committee have been able to give some of them on to the Mencap store on Catherine Street in Salisbury for the community to pick up.

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The 'spare' masks have been given to Salisbury's Mencap store to give to the community

The village hall committee have asked Spire FM to pass on a thank you to the Salisbury Makers Hub and the Netheravon and Enford Makers for their help.

POLICE INVESTIGATING

Wiltshire Police have confirmed to us that they're looking into what happened at the hall.

They've said two male youths are believed to have entered the building on Tuesday 30th June and threw the face masks and books into the toilets.

Damage was also caused to the electricity supply and it's believed a small amount of cash was stolen from the honesty box too.

If you can help with any information about what happened, you're asked to call officers on 101, quoting reference number 54200063386.

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