Monday, 31 August 2015

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Home of Carlisle councillor targeted by vandals

The home of a councillor was callously targeted by vandals who used an unknown chemical to cause thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Geddes garden attack photo
William and Jacquelyne Geddes in their garden

The garden, in Harker, of Jacquelyne Geddes, the city councillor for Stanwix Urban, was broken into overnight between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and vandalised while she and husband William were out.

The vandals covered garden furniture and her patios with a substance thought to be something like creosote, which is similar to tar.

“It was a noxious substance which had been used. It smelled something like engine oil and was very greasy. It was poured over all the patios and over some garden furniture,” she said.

“This is an area with a very low risk for crime, so I think we were targeted. It is not a nice thing to happen especially when your husband is a 69-year-old vulnerable pensioner.”

She added that the patios were permanently stained and without identifying the substance it could not be cleaned properly, meaning that they might need to be replaced completely.

Mrs Geddes has recently had her patio replaced – costing over £1,000 – and her garden furniture was also damaged in the attack. She believes that the cost of the vandalism could be more than £5,000.

A police spokesman said: “We were called on January 1 following an incident of criminal damage at a property on Harker Park Road, Carlisle. An unknown offender has caused stain damage to paving, garden furniture, conservatory wall and window sill. Police believe the damage was caused by a corrosive liquid.

“There have been no arrests and police are asking anyone with any information to contact them on 101.”


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