AN ARSON attack is the latest insult to environmentally minded plot holders at a Feltham allotment site.
Wigley Road resident Tony Lodder was dismayed to discover a pile of ash in place of a shed he bought for his plot at the Church Road allotments.
"The whole thing has been burnt down. I am absolutely gutted, you just want to pack the whole thing up and go away," he told The Chronicle on Monday. It just seems that nobody really gives a monkeys."
It is not the first time the area has been targeted, with a rooster stamped to death and pet rabbits stolen.
The most recent vandalism will cost Mr Lodder an estimated £350. A lack of insurance for allotment sites will leave the green fingered resident out of pocket.
Treasurer of the Church Road Allotment Association, June Lyons, said the recent discovery made her wonder what will happen next. She said: "It is very upsetting. They killed my cockerel, they stole quails worth £200, we think they are using the animals for dog baiting. They stole rabbits belonging to two little girls, they were devastated. We have had lots of problems and they have been back a few times."
She said plot holders have been out trying to catch the intruders when it gets dark. "We did actually catch one of the boys but he was outside the allotment and we couldn't do anything," Mrs Lyons added. "It's almost as if they know they can't be had, they can do anything they like and there is nothing we can do."
Metropolitan Police spokesman Andy Morgan said: "We do know about this series of damage and other things that have taken place. The Feltham Safer Neighbourhood Team have been looking into what they can do about it. There have been more than a few incidents in the last month and a half or so. It sounds to me like mindless idiots."