Vandalism strikes historic bus shelter in Wilmington parish, leaving council devastated and seeking justice

An act of senseless vandalism has left the Wilmington parish council in a state of shock and dismay as a historic bus shelter in Birchwood Road was destroyed in an arson attack. The incident took place on Friday, June 14, at around 2:40 pm.

According to Wilmington Parish Council chairman Stacey Brown, the council takes great pride in preserving the heritage and history of the parish, including the traditional bus shelters. However, their efforts were met with disappointment when the vintage bus shelter in Birchwood Road was set ablaze.

“The parish council is deeply distraught at the mindless and cruel act of vandalism that resulted in the destruction of our beloved bus shelter. This incident, which took place in broad daylight, has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage,” said Cllr Brown.

Firefighters were quick to respond to the scene, and it took two fire engines and high-pressure hose reel jets to extinguish the flames. The cause of the fire is believed to be suspicious.

The wooden bus shelter in Birchwood Road, near Dartford, has now been completely destroyed. The council has received a quote of £9,480 to replace the shelter, but this does not include the cost of removing the remains of the existing one, which has been taped off for safety reasons. Photos of the aftermath show discarded vapes and rubbish scattered around the area.

Cllr Brown added, “We are appealing to the public to come forward with any information that may lead to the culprits. Vandalism like this is not only thoughtless and selfish but also comes with a heavy financial burden. We hope the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

The incident has been reported to the police, and investigations are ongoing. The residents of Wilmington are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the authorities. The council is determined to restore the bus shelter and continue their efforts to preserve the heritage of the parish.

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