Community group’s hanging baskets vandalised

Some of the WOMANS group with the hanging baskets
Some of the WOMANS group with the hanging baskets

The leader of the new volunteer group aiming to improve the look of Newton Stewart and Minnigaff was in despair after the group’s hanging baskets were vandalised in Albert Street.

Laura McGaw and her WOMANS (Women of Minnigaff and Newton Stewart) group had recently spent hours putting the baskets up to improve the streetscape in the town, for both residents and visitors, only to have their community-minded efforts seeming trashed between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Laura told the Galloway Gazette: “I got a call from the street cleaner at 7.04am to tell me what had happened to the baskets in Albert Street.

“I went over and recovered the baskets from the Bank of Scotland and Scent o’ Galloway which were either hanging by one chain and contents on the ground or already on the ground with compost and plants everywhere.

“I took them home and repotted plants and sorted chains and rehung.

“The police were informed and are checking the CCTV and door-knocking Albert Street. I have also put it on social media so I hope someone names and shames.”

Constable Liam Watson at Newton Stewart said: “Whilst the actual value of the baskets themselves is only around £15 it is a clear act of pure vandalism to cause damage like this. I would urge anyone who may have any information about who caused this damage to call police at Newton Stewart on the 101 number.”