Arsonists told to refund charities
PUBLISHED: 12:30 11 August 2014
ARSONISTS who denied Weston charities a £1,000-plus windfall by setting fire to toilets at a fundraiser have been urged to repay the money.
The real ale festival organised by Weston Lions Club on the Beach Lawns two weekends ago was judged a huge success by event-goers, while raising a tidy some for charity at the same time.
However, the weekend was blighted by an attack on hired toilets during the early hours of the Sunday morning – and with the Lions left to foot the bill, it means cash which could have been put to community use will instead pay for repairs.
Lions spokesman Malcolm Timmis said: “£1,356 – this is the amount that ‘pranksters’ cost the charities supported by the Lions.
“When, at around three in the morning on July 27, they thought it would be a laugh to set fire to the toilets, that was the amount of damage caused.
“Could I ask they now pay for their fun by repaying that amount?
“I imagine they will want to remain anonymous as their ‘fun’ was also a crime – so contact us via the Mercury.”
One of the festival highlights was the awarding of 24 grants totalling £12,000 in the Go Kids Go! project run in partnership between the Lions and the Mercury, which funds non-profit groups which promote healthy lifestyles in young people.