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Four teenagers sentenced after sick rampage at Manchester animal centre

by Anna Wright. Published Thu 02 Feb 2012 10:27
Scenes of destruction in Wythenshawe Park
Scenes of destruction in Wythenshawe Park

Four teenage boys aged between 12 and 19 have been sentenced after admitting their part in the destruction of the horticultural centre at Wythenshawe Park last year.

Sometime between 4.30pm on 29 May 2011 and 10am the following day, the four broke into the popular local facility and embarked on a killing and vandalism spree, beheading numerous birds, poisoning a pond of fish and spearing a frog to death, as well as smashing 172 panes of glass and causing extensive damage to plants and trees.

Gavin Wellesby, 19, of Elmbank Avenue, West Didsbury, admitted causing damage to birds and windows, and was this week sentenced to an 18-month community order, 100 hours unpaid work and a two-month curfew.

A 16-year-old boy admitted burglary and causing damage to birds and windows. Two others, aged 12 and 17, admitted burglary and causing damage to windows. The 17-year-old boy and 16-year-old boy were both sentenced to an 18-month youth rehabilitation order, 100 hours unpaid work and a two-month curfew. The 12-year-old received a 12-month referral order.

Detective Constable Dave Bigger, of south Manchester CID, said: “The defendants have admitted various offences in relation to this appalling incident in May last year.

“Collectively they destroyed a much loved facility and the impact this had on the local community and those who use the centre was far more significant than any cost of the damage caused.

“The strength of feeling following this incident was reflected in the reaction from residents, who pulled together and volunteered their time and money to help get it up and running again.

“They showed that they will not put up with mindless acts of violence and vandalism and I hope the gravity of what the four defendants did sinks in now they have been sentenced.”

Cllr Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council's Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: "These offences shocked the community, which was united in its condemnation and determination not to let mindless vandals spoil a popular asset. We were overwhelmed by their generosity in giving their time and replacement stock to get the centre open again."



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