Dementia centre’s garden trashed

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SELFISH thugs have wrecked a local dementia centre’s garden by throwing stone slabs through its conservatory windows.

The garden of Eastwood Age Concern dementia project at The Stables in Eastwood park is used as a haven for frail residents suffering from dementia.

But at the weekend vandals jumped the fence into the area to smash windows, break plant pots and destroy a heavy wooden bench.

Manager Markina Murray told The Extra: “I discovered it on Monday morning when I came in. I was so shocked. It was nothing but sheer and utter vandalism.

“Our clients are very sensitive to their surroundings so the garden area and back room can’t be used until we get it fixed.

“We will just need to make do with what we have got. It is a secure area for our clients to go but now they can’t. This is an essential service for so many people.

“My first instinct is that why would you do that to frail people? It is just a really nasty thing to do.

“They know it is needed for the elderly”.

The damage is believed to have occurred between Sunday and Monday morning.

Police do not yet have a value of the damage or any suspects.

Chief inspector Alan Murray told The Extra: “This was a particularly nasty crime given the nature of the premises. We are doing everything we can to try and identify the culprits.

“We will also give the area extra attention to ensure that no incidents like this happen again.

“We would encourage anybody with any information on the incident to contact Giffnock police office on 532 6200”.

Carol McCann cares for her mum Josephine (88) who has dementia.

Carol, who takes her mum to the service as well as using it herself, told The Extra: “It is all charity-funded and they do a fantastic job not only for people who have dementia but also for their carers.

“I don’t understand why someone would do something like this. We’re so shocked about it. It is just total vandalism”.

The centre is hosting a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday.

The funds were going to be used for essentials such as shampoo, towels and washing powder but will now go towards repairing the damage caused by the vandals.

Starting at 10am, the event will have a raffle and tea and coffee.