Vow to end 'mindless vandalism' after South Shields Groundwork shop at Middlefields Recycling Village hit three times in a month

The council has slammed “mindless” vandals after intruders target Groundwork shop three times in one month.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 2:30 pm
Updated Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 4:07 pm

Police have confirmed that since 2020 began there have been three incidents of trespassing at the Groundwork shop, which is based at the Middlefields Recycling Village in South Shields.

The shop, which is run by charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, sells recycled and donated furniture and household goods, with all profits reinvested in the local community to improve green spaces.

South Tyneside Council, who owns the land at Middlefields, has said they are working with the police to “stamp out” antisocial behaviour in the borough.

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The Groundwork shop at Middlefields Recyling Village, South Shields. Photo: Tim Richardson/South Tyneside Council.

A spokesperson said: “Mindless vandalism of any kind will not be tolerated. We are working closely with Northumbria Police and partners to stamp out all forms of anti-social behaviour, including recent trespassing at our Middlefields site.”

Officers are now working with the charity to prevent further incidents and anyone with information is urged to contact Northumbria Police.

Sergeant John Bailey, of the South Shields Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are aware of a number of reports of intruders at the recycling centre at Middlefields in recent weeks.

“We are working with the owners to prevent further incidents from taking place and are carrying out enquiries to identify those responsible. Targeted patrols are taking place around the premises to act as a deterrent and to identify anyone acting suspiciously.

The Recycling Village at Middlefields, where the Groundwork shop is based. Photo: Google Streetview

“If you know those involved then please contact police on 101 or report it online at the Northumbria Police website.”