Public support after mindless vandalism

PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 January 2011

Somerset Wood Recycling, Oldmixon crescent, Weston, Organisation bouncing back after  Ben Gregory damage.

Somerset Wood Recycling, Oldmixon crescent, Weston, Organisation bouncing back after Ben Gregory damage.

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A WOOD recycling plant which offers work to unemployed people is bouncing back following a vandalism attack three months ago.

Somerset Wood Recycling, Oldmixon crescent, Weston, Organisation bouncing back after  Ben Gregory damage.

Not-for-profit organisation Somerset Wood Recycling was forced to cut staff numbers and reduce its work load after a break-in at its Oldmixon Crescent base.

Power tools worth up to £4,000 was stolen, windows were smashed and the offices ransacked during the vandalism on October 30.

But this week, manager James Bartlett said the centre was on the ‘way to recovery’ thanks to donations and help from the public.

He said: “The break-in was a severe blow to our existence and sustainability. To put it bluntly, we were severely wounded.

“But with the assistance and support of the local cavalry we are well on the way to recovery.

“We have had donations of cash, tools and offers of volunteer time and skills.

“The local support has been overwhelming and much appreciated by us all here for putting us back on our feet again.

“It is greed and self interest defeated by humanity and community.”

Following the attack on the centre, Ben Gregory, aged 20, was convicted of criminal damage, but let off with a non-custodial sentence at Bristol Crown Court in December.

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