Villagers in Ford say they are horrified and disgusted after vandals attacked their community hall and covered the building in crude graffiti.
It has been labelled as the worst vandalism ever experienced at the hall and residents are pushing for urgent talks to be held to address the situation.
One resident who did not wish to be named told the Chronicle the graffiti, which covered the exterior walls, doors and windows was so horrendous she couldn’t repeat what had been written.
She said: “It covered most of the building and it was so disgusting and so horrendous I wouldn’t want to repeat it. We think it was written in felt tip pen and it was a hell of a job trying to get it off. It took two days to clean it off and about £250 of damage has been caused.
“This is the worst damage we’ve ever had and the people that know about it are absolutely horrified.
“My first reaction when I saw it was shock and horror. I was absolutely dumbfounded. I think the next step is to have some sort of meeting, but we are powerless to do anything without the help of the police.”
The incident is believed to have taken place sometime between 9pm on January 14 and 7am on January 15.
The news comes as a bitter blow for members of Ford Neighbourhood Watch Group, the parish council and village hall committee who held crucial talks with local police last year to discuss ways of combating the rise in persistent anti-social behaviour.
Past vandalism has included handles on the external doors of the hall being damaged and outside plant pots tipped over.
Parish councillor Bill Clyne said: “It’s very unacceptable what has happened as with any anti-social behaviour, but it is a police matter and is firmly in their hands.”
Maria Hawkuluk, for West Mercia Police, said inquiries were ongoing and asked anyone with any information to contact Constable Colin Barrett on 0300 333 3000.
By Charlotte Hester