A doctor’s surgery has been driven to install a £1,000 anti-loitering device after being continuously targeted by vandals.
Sidley Medical Practice, on Turkey Road, has suffered an extensive list of damage over recent weeks and has been forced to pay thousands of pound in repairs, including £10,000 to fix and put protective cages around damaged air con machines.
In the most recent spate of vandalism, the surgery saw its sliding front door completely shattered by stones, perimeter fencing around the car park ripped open and water pipes from the nursing rooms broken.
An old PC monitor was also fly-tipped in its grounds.
Cllr Stuart Earl, who is chairman of the patient participation group at Sidley Medical Practice, said: “The vandalism that takes place on a daily basis in our community costs us, the taxpayers, thousands of pounds.
“It is also putting lives and jobs at risk.
“The Sidley Surgery in Turkey Road has been under constant attack but the police seem powerless to be able to deal with this costly and serious problem.
“We are aware resources are stretched but those who work on our behalf, delivering a first class service on a daily basis to those who are sick and in need of treatment, will one day arrive to find their surgery destroyed and unable to operate at all.
“If you know who is doing this, do your bit to stop it, because it could be you who needs that surgery tomorrow.
“We all have a duty of care and responsibility. Help those who help you.”
In an attempt to put a stop to the costly vandalism, the surgery has installed an anti-loitering device called The Mosquito, which claims to ‘not only be loud and painful, but also unbelievably annoying to the point where the kids cannot stay in the area being covered by the mosquito sound’.
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