Vandals cause £30,000 of damage at Coblands Nursery

Coblands Nursery in Tonbridge has fallen victim to three successive attacks of vandalism costing more than £30,000.

Vandals damage Coblands Nursery
Vandals damage Coblands Nursery

The Glendale Grounds Management owned nursery was broken into three times in the course of a week by vandals who slashed polytunnels and irrigation lines.

Coblands nusery manager Jo Dury said:  "They slashed and cut the polytunnels and shade tunnels and they smashed up all the irrigation on about five or six beds outside so they caused quite a lot of damage at our busiest time of year.  It's just annoying because it sets us back slightly; we will be able to supply our plants to people but still."

Insurance will cover the cost of the first break-in but the nursery will be left to pay for the rest of the damage.

Drury said a police investigation was ongoing and they expected an update soon.

The incidents occurred during the school half term week.

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