Vandals won’t beat Consibrough OAP Chaz

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Conisbrough volunteers have vowed no to be beaten after vandals uprooted two benches at a popular beauty spot and flung them into a pond.

The £200 seats on the Mill Piece riverside made by the EnTour group were uprooted and thrown into the pond along with poppy crosses from the nearby war memorial.

Chaz Prouten 83, a volunteer for the group which has transformed the former run down riverside area says the benches will be replaced.

Mr Prouten said: “It’s just so upsetting when we work so hard to make this a better place only to discover that our work is vandalised, or stolen.

“We have been told it was a couple of 12 year olds who ran amock. We have got them out of the pond and we will put them up again. I can’t understand the mentality of the people who have done this.”

The six foot long benches were built and installed by pensioner Joe Clemitshaw four years ago following a similar spate of vandalism.

Chaz added: “This is the only bit of woodland left in Conisbrough and we are determined to keep the spot nice for visitors.”

EnTour will have a stall at the Conisbrough Christmas Market in the Sainsbury’s car park on Saturday, to help raise funds for their activities.