Security fencing has been erected around allotments in Kidderminster after a series of thefts and incidents of vandalism.

The fencing around Comberton Community Allotments has gone up thanks in part to a community grant from West Mercia Police, which contributed £500.

In total, the first phase of the project will cost £2,000 and will see the purchase of fencing rolls, posts and fixings. Funding also came from Wyre Forest District Council and Comberton Community Fund.

Allotment attacks are not uncommon, and additional security measures are often used as a measure to curb further incidents.

Recently, barriers were put up at allotments in Wokingham to curb criminals who had been targeting the site, for example.

Community support officer Niall Ryland said the existing fencing at the Kidderminster site was inadequate.

"The allotments only had a low fence and were therefore vulnerable," he said.

"It was important to get the first phase of the work completed by the spring to improve security at the allotments, and we're delighted to have been able to help."

Intruders had stolen vegetables, broken into sheds and stolen tools.

Ian Jackson, secretary of the allotments, said: "The £500 grant was a very welcome contribution to our efforts to make the allotments more secure."

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