Vandalism fears as scout group closes

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It is feared anti-social behaviour and vandalism could get worse in Long Sutton after the scout group closed its doors for the final time.

In recent months only the beaver section of the 1st Long Sutton scouts has been open – for boys aged six to eight – following the earlier demise of the cubs and scouts.

But with the beaver leader about to head off to Egypt for seven months, a desperate plea was launched to find new leaders willing to give their time to breathe new life into the group.

But, no-one came forward and just over a week ago the district commissioner for South Holland officially closed the group down.

Treasurer Karen Croxford said: “It’s very sad indeed because it was one of the very few things in Long Sutton for the boys to do, as there is no youth football or anything.

“We have recently seen a spate of vandalism in Long Sutton because the youngsters have nothing to do and I’m worried that could get worse.”

“In the past it was a really active group with up to 100 boys, and now we have all this equipment but no-one to run the group.

“The town’s Guides and Brownie groups are still well supported, but it is always the same old people who put themselves forward for these things and we need more people to come forward.

“Perhaps people who are out of work could volunteer because it looks good on their CV and it would be for the benefit of young people in Long Sutton.”

Anyone interested in helping to revive the group would need to go through checks before they could start work with children, but anyone interested should contact the district commissioner Paul Taylor on 07948 878104.