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Dashwood Medical Centre, Ramsgate, targeted by vandals for second time

By Katie Davis

Vandals have targeted a medical centre for the second time in weeks and have been slammed for wasting NHS staff time.

Dashwood Medical Centre, Ramsgate, had grey paint thrown over the entrance, including external prescription boxes, and two large windows were broken.

A 44-year-old man from Margate was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage. He has been released pending further enquiries.

The attack happened Wednesday night

Practice manager Louise Pilcher arrived at work at 6.30am the next morning to find the damage.

She said: "It happened at approximately midnight and youths were witnessed near the entrance wearing masks so this information has been passed onto the police."

This is the is the second time the centre has been hit in the past few weeks, but it is not known why the surgery has been targeted.

Dr Cardwell said: "We have all been upset by this further act of vandalism, the second time within a month.

This is the second time vandals have targeted the centre recently

"This time the damage is more extensive with two large windows also broken.

"NHS staff do not deserve to waste their time sorting out the mess created by such mindless acts.

"We are thankful the police have been able to make a prompt arrest."

A police spokesman said: "Kent Police has received a report of criminal damage at a business in Grange Road, Ramsgate.

"The incident is believed to have occurred between 7pm on Wednesday 12 July and 6.30am on Thursday 13 July.

"A door, a window and other property items are reported to have been damaged.

"Officers are keen to speak to anyone with information about the incident."

Dr M Cardwell next the first attack in June

Vandals were found to have defaced the front of the centre during the night on Saturday, June 23, spraying green and black paint over the doors.

The incident was reported to police and Dr Cardwell was contacted by many patients offering support and to help clean it up.

One patient commented: "Perhaps we should send our doors to the Turner gallery as an art exhibit.

"This is criminal damage I'm offended they have defaced the front of our practice."

Witnesses are asked to call the appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference number ZY/30953/17. Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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