A community allotment site, which is not even fully open, has been targeted by thieves, to the anger of the parish council chairman.
Around £1,500-worth of timber, from an entire length of the fence, has been stolen from the site in North Broomhill.
The allotments have been developed on a patch of wasteland by East Chevington Parish Council in partnership with local farmers.
And council chairman Scott Dickinson described the theft as ‘an utter disgrace’.
“We have responded to the need because of the long waiting list for allotments,” he said.
“It was local people who wanted it and somebody feels it’s okay to come down and steal a full strip of fencing. It’s unbelievable.”
Thanks to the alertness of the public, some of the timber has been found and recovered, but police are still investigating the theft.
Coun Dickinson, who is also a Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner panel member, said that crimes like this were why areas of north Northumberland need a say on the panel.
“It might not seem much to some, but rural crime is different to urban crime,” he said.
“Incidents like this have a larger impact than people might think.
“And for a small parish council budget, it’s a lot of money.”
Anyone with any information into the thefts is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.