Rampage of ‘mindless morons’ at beauty spot

John Richmond cleaning up the litter left by the vandals. (S)
John Richmond cleaning up the litter left by the vandals. (S)

VANDALS have overturned a bin and burst open rubbish bags leaving litter scattered across a beauty spot in Ripon.

The mess at Quarry Moor nature reserve was discovered by Freeman of the city and former Mayor John Richmond on Monday, April 11, when he went to collect rubbish he had bagged up for disposal.

The bin overturned in the play area. (S)

The bin overturned in the play area. (S)

“It’s unbelievable – I couldn’t believe anyone would do such a daft thing. It is vandalism in its purest form and one can only assume these people are mindless morons,” he said.

Mr Richmond helps bag rubbish voluntarily at the reserve and on Saturday had filled five bags of litter from overflowing bins left by visitors to Quarry Moor making the most of the weekend sunshine.

He said the bags were still safe on Sunday but when he went on Monday morning to collect them for taking to the tip he discovered the litter was scattered everywhere.

Mr Richmond said the bags had been dragged 30 yards and burst open behind the activity centre and a full litter bin had also been overturned in the play area.

Bin bags were dragged 30 yards before being burst open next to the activity centre. (S)

Bin bags were dragged 30 yards before being burst open next to the activity centre. (S)

“You can’t blame foxes for it because foxes after food would have torn the bags up there and then, not dragged them somewhere else first,” he said.

After discovering the mess Mr Richmond and his wife, Barbara, spent 90 minutes cleaning it up.

“It’s not the nicest of stuff to have to pick up twice. There were remains of food and also disposable nappies,” he said.

“I would have liked to have brought whoever did it back and make them pick it all up.”

Mr Richmond said he wants police to increase patrols at the nature reserve.

“I’m calling for some action from the police. They need to be there as there’s a period of time on a Sunday evening when there seems to be a gathering,” he said.

Ripon police said officers already carried out patrols in the area but their frequency would be increased in light of recent events.

“We are aware of the issues there and so we will be monitoring the area more closely,” said Sgt Christine Turner.