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A vandal has triggered “thousands of pounds worth of damage” to a parking lot after repeatedly damaging an indication, a charity says.

A police probe is underway after an angle grinder was used to chop down parking indicators 3 times in three weeks at a nature reserve in Kent.  Kent Wildlife Trust, who run Oare Marshes Nature Reserve, say they believe the perpetrator’s actions are an objection to automotive parking prices which price “less than a cup of coffee.”

The parking cost was first put in place on the web site close to Faversham, Kent, in 2021 and prices £2.50 on weekdays and £3.50 on the weekend to make use of for a complete day.  The charity say that each one this cash is used for his or her “nature restoration work” and that they get no cash from  parking fines.

They additionally state that on the over 90 reservations they handle solely seven cost for parking.  Head of Land Management for Kent Wildlife Trust, Simon Bateman Brown, stated: “Parking at the reserve for a whole day costs less than a cup of coffee. but brings us vital revenue which supports our work.

“The cash is put again into nature, so we may help wildlife to thrive. In different locations, you may be paying per hour what we’re charging for a day however for some motive, serving to us to assist nature appears to trigger a degree of anger the place we discover ourselves repeatedly focused by felony exercise.”

“I want to stress, that irrespective of what number of occasions the indicators come down, they are going to be going again up, all this individual is doing is risking a felony file as we’ll help Kent Police in a prosecution.”

The organisation claim that this vandal has caused “hundreds of kilos value of injury” and they are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Kent Police have confirmed that they are investigating the incident.  A spokesperson said: “Kent Police obtained a report on Saturday 8 June 2024 that automotive signage at a nature reserve in Church Road, Oare, had been eliminated.

“No suspects have been identified. However, should anyone have information they can call Kent Police on 01795 555111 quoting crime reference 46/100391/24.”