Is it all worth it?’
A SCOUT group in a Fenland village is facing yet another bill for damage after vandals targeted its premises again. In the latest attack on the scout hut at Terrington St John, which serves the 3rd Marshland Scouts, roof felt was ripped from the toilet bl
A SCOUT group in a Fenland village is facing yet another bill for damage after vandals targeted its premises again.
In the latest attack on the scout hut at Terrington St John, which serves the 3rd Marshland Scouts, roof felt was ripped from the toilet block, causing rainwater to leak in and flood the toilets.
For health and safety reasons the hut has been closed, leaving the 70 boys and girls it serves with a four-mile trip to their temporary meeting place in Marshland St James Methodist Church.
Although the premises are covered by buildings insurance, the organisation will have to pay the excess for any repair work done.
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Beaver Scout leader Karen Farr said: "This is the 12th time we have been targeted in two years. The hut has been vandalised on so many occasions that it is getting to the stage where you start to think 'is it worth it?'
"Each time we have to pay out to repair damage it is taking money away from the children.
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"We used to have glass windows which let in natural light but they had to go because so many were broken - and now this."
The hut, used by Beavers, Cubs and Scouts for almost a quarter of a century, with scouting on the site dating back more than 50 years, is one of few community resources in the village.
A police spokesman said: "The forthcoming Safer Neighbourhood policing teams will work closely with those living in the neighbourhood to help reduce this type of offence.
"A community safety officer will contact the 3rd Marshland Scouts to see if there are any further security measures that can be taken.