The bus shelter in Lewes Road, Uckfield, which has been damaged by vandals.

Hunt for Uckfield bus shelter vandals

The Mayor of Uckfield has offered a £100 reward for information leading to the arrest and charging of vandals who keep damaging a town bus shelter.

Cllr Ian Smith said the bus shelter in Lewes Road had been repaired a couple of times in the last few weeks but two more of the plastic glass-type panels had been kicked out again with a third cracked.

“It is just ridiculous. As soon as we repair it, it is damaged again. It is mindless vandalism,” he said.

“Offering this reward is a desperate measure. I really can’t think of any other way of getting someone to snitch on the person or people doing this. Someone knows who they are.”

Cllr Smith said the town council was spending hundreds of pounds on repairing the shelter. The money couldn’t be claimed on insurance because the claims would be too small.

He said the bus shelter was installed about three years ago and it was only in recent weeks that it had been vandalised.

“The reason for having the bus shelter there is obvious. It is a horrible place to stand because the south westerly wind blows straight through there.”

Cllr Smith said he hoped the reward – which would come out of his Mayor’s allowance, money that might otherwise have been used for charity – would encourage somebody to come forward with information leading to the arrest and charging of the vandals.

“It is in every taxpayer’s interests to keep an eye on the bus shelter though I suspect the damage is done in the depths of night,” he added.

If you can help identify the culprits please contact Uckfield Town Council at the Civic Centre on 01825 760102, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

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Another view of the Lewes Road bus shelter, this time showing the empty space where a plastic window panel has been kicked out.

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