Appeal for witnesses after driver damages church green in Whitnash

The damage to the Church Green in Whitnash.

The damage to the Church Green in Whitnash.

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Damage has been caused to the church green in Whitnash angering the town’s mayor and leading to a police appeal for witnesses.

A car has been driven over the green outside St Margaret’s church, leaving wheel tracks on the grass and memorial stones surrounding the war memorial and knocking down part of the chain fence which prevents people from walking on the grass.

The incident took place over the weekend and Cllr Judy Falp, mayor of Whitnash, is hoping the culprits are caught.

She said: “There is no way you can drive over the green unless it is deliberate.

“I can’t think anybody would lose control or drive over it for any other reason.

“There is no sense in it - they must have been vandals or joy riders.”

The memorial stones on the green were laid this year to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day after Whitnash Town Council received a grant from Warwick District council.

Cllr Falp said: “We have no idea what the cost of the damage will be yet.

“Hopefully the stones have not been broken and the main thing will just be repairing the fence and grass.

“I’m surprised nobody saw or heard anything, a councillor lives near the green and this is not what Whitnash is like at all.”

PCSO Steven Sample of the Whitnash Safer Neighbourhood Team has said: “police are appealing for witnesses to an incident where a vehicle has been driven on the green damaging the turf and destroying wooden posts to prevent vehicles driving over it, this has happened in the front of St Margaret’s Church, Whitnash.

“The damage has occurred over the weekend of Saturday November 28 to Monday November 30.

“Police are making their own enquires regarding this matter.

Any person with any information regarding the damage can call 101 quoting incident number 0155 of November 30 2015 this information can also be given anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.