A DEVASTATED couple from South Harrow may have to forgo their treasured holiday this year after yobs vandalised their much-loved caravan and daubed it with graffiti.
Pensioners Doug and Beryl Musgrove say they cannot afford flights or hotel stays since retiring so take trips away in what they describe as their 'second home' – paid for by money left to Mrs Musgrove when her mother died.
But the couple, from Southdown Crescent, South Harrow, fear they will not be able to take their caravan around the British countryside this year, as they have done for the past six years, after windows were smashed, blinds were pulled off and childish rude words were daubed all over the mobile home.
Speaking about the vandalism, 67-year-old Mr Musgrove, who dedicates much of his time to volunteering within the community and helping homeless people, said: “We are absolutely devastated and clearly people don't appreciate the consequences of actions like these.
“Judging by the graffiti we think it was done by bored school kids but this isn't just a unwanted caravan dumped in our back garden. There is a sign in the caravan that says 'this is our second home' and in that sense it feels like our home has been invaded and destroyed.
“Because we can't afford to fly or stay in hotels, but we are perhaps a bit too old to camp in a tent, taking the caravan is really the only way for us to take a holiday. So it is very upsetting to think we might not be able to have one this year.
“Although we know that there are people dealing with a lot bigger problems, we really look forward to getting away together and love our caravan so it is very hurtful that someone would do this.
“We just want people to realise that sometimes what they consider as harmless messing around can have huge implications for people.”
It is thought that the vandals made their way in to the Musgrove's back garden through an alleyway at the back of the house and during the raid they also took items inside the caravan such as a Jenga game and three sleeping bags.
Police are now investigating.