Vandals pull up bulbs and smash sign at station

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VANDALS who destroyed a sign and ripped up 200 bulbs at a train station are ‘mindless’, according to the chairman of a local group.

Stephen Dean, chairman of the Friends of Brandon Station, was left ‘heartbroken’ after yobs pulled up 200 spring bulbs on Sunday – just a day after they were planted at the unmanned station.

The incident followed a specially made stone sign being smashed by offenders the previous weekend.

The sign and the flowers were both installed by Ken Drane, the group’s secretary.

Mr Dean said he could not understand the vandals’ thinking: “I can’t really see the point of it. Why are they trying to hit out at us?

“They seem to think they are hitting out at authority but they don’t realise it’s ordinary people, a pensioner actually, who had done this work.”

Police are now appealing for information in relation to the incident. Mr Dean said CCTV – owned by the rai’l company – might reveal the culprits.

The attack comes just weeks before the group planned to welcome local MPs Matthew Hancock and Elizabeth Truss, to the town on November 11 to raise the station’s profile.

The bulbs were paid for with a voucher donated to the group by National Express in appreciation of their work at the station.

Mr Dean said a number of tulip bulbs were planted in recognition of Dutch rail firm Abellio taking over the Greater Anglia rail franchise, which operates in Brandon.

The work of the group has transformed Brandon station from an ‘intimidating’ environment, according to Mr Dean.

The sign has now been repaired.