Nov 9 2012 By Sandy Kilpatrick
A constant stream of vandalism is putting the future of a Dumfries charity at risk.
The latest incident took place at the Dumfries Furniture Project Unit at Shirley Road in Lochside at the weekend.
Four windows were smashed with bricks at the second hand furniture shop and project co-ordinator Alan McLauchlan said the charity is struggling to pay for repairs.
“The building is turning into an eyesore because we don’t have the money to repair the vandalism that keeps taking place”, he said.
“We’re going to have to try and come up with £200 to replace the windows that were smashed at the weekend.
“We’re struggling. We can’t afford to pay for this.
“We don’t have a lot to spend on repairs.”
Mr McLauchlan believes youngsters are to blame for the damage. He said: “We think it’s kids that are doing it out of bravado but kids are kids.
“I’m sure their parents would be horrified if they found out their children were doing this.
“We’ve experienced constant vandalism in the two years I’ve been there.
“We’ve had windows cracked several times and most of the glass bricks outside have been broken.”
And he fears people will be put off donating furniture and buying from the charity, supported by Crisis Needs, if the vandalism continues.
He added: “Customers won’t want to come in. The damage will put them off.
“We feel sorry for the neighbours overlooking the shop because we don’t want the area turned into an eyesore."