We're appealing to people to protect their local canals, after a recent spate of vandalism has targeted safety fences along the Droitwich Barge Canal
We're making the appeal after a number of incidents where fences beside the historic Droitwich waterway have been found damaged, with planks ripped off and thrown into the water.
The fences, built to protect weirs and culverts essential to the smooth running of the canal, are important measures to ensure the safety of people on the towpath. It’s expected the bill to replace them will run into hundreds of pounds and divert staff from other important frontline work.
Tim Booker, customer operations team leader at the Canal & River Trust, said: “It’s really disappointing to see this kind of mindless vandalism on the canal. People might not realise that these fences are there for a reason, and play an important role in protecting the canal, sparing a bit of space for wildlife and preventing accidents on the towpath. We’re now going to have to fix them, which takes away from other work we could be doing to improve the canal. Given how many people really treasure the waterway in Droitwich, it’s a shame to see a few idiots spoil if for everyone else.
“We’ve been in touch with the police, and I’d like also to appeal to everyone else on the waterway to keep an eye out for the canal and report anything suspicious they see.”