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A gang of youths seems hell bent on causing destruction in one of Maidstone’s most picturesque areas.
The vandals attacked a historic ragstone wall in the Loose Valley Conservation Area, pulling it to pieces and threatening the integrity of a public footpath above it.
Society member Dennis Usmar said: “It’s unbelievable what they have done. This was not just a bit of random vandalism by bored youngsters, it was a determined attempt to destroy the wall.
“Some of the coping stones are too big and heavy to lift. We shall have to hire machinery to lift them back into place.”
They made off in the direction of Forest Hill.
Mr Usmar said: “This wall is a feature of the conservation area and the two historic millponds below it.
“Our volunteers spent weeks restoring the wall earlier in the year.”
Mr Usmar said: “They used bolt-cutters to cut the wire holding the posts in place. Again this was a determined attack.”
Police are treating the incidents as malicious damage and are hunting the gang.
The first incident happened on Sunday, May 26, between 3pm and 4.30pm. The second on Tuesday last week.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 and quote crime number YY/10394/14.
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