Sunday, 16 December 2018

Greenhouse windows smashed by ‘recycled’ books

A WOMAN’S greenhouse windows were smashed by books that had been hurled into her garden.

A WOMAN’S greenhouse windows were smashed by books that had been hurled into her garden.

Barbara Butler, of Wood Lane, Sonning Common, found three panes had been broken by four large hardbacks thrown from the village hall car park which borders her garden.

The 78-year-old said it was the third such incident this year and has asked for a charity book recycling bin to be moved away from the border fence.

Mrs Butler, who has lived in the village for more than 40 years, said: “There was glass everywhere, with some of it hanging from the roof so it wasn’t safe to go into the greenhouse. I don’t know why people would do this. I’m a law-abiding citizen and this happened through no fault of mine.”

Mrs Butler, a retired nurse who lives with her sister Mavis, had one glass pane smashed in February and the following month found a number of books, DVDs and CDs in her garden.

She believed the British Heart Foundation bin on the other side of her fence was full and people were throwing items into her garden.

“For a week I was filling up a Waitrose bag every day and putting it into the recycling bin,” she said.

Mrs Butler complained to parish clerk Philip Collings and asked if the bin could be emptied.

Following the latest incident Mr Collings arranged for the bin to be moved to the other side of the car park but less than two weeks later Mrs Butler found another large book called Tropical Africa in her garden.

She said: “If someone has thrown it over deliberately then that’s just pure devilment but these things happen — I don’t feel bitter or bad about it, it’s just annoying.”

Mrs Butler, a member of the Village Gardeners, Nottakwire choir and FISH volunteer centre, said vandalism in the village was rare.

“Sonning Common is a lovely place to live and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else,” she said.

In August, the bin had to be replaced after it was set on fire.

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