VANDALS have again targeted Northam Burrows. On Sunday night they drove into the Burrows from the Appledore entrance and, after travelling the length of the old tip road, smashed their vehicle through the gate at the end. Debris was found by Head Ranger

VANDALS have again targeted Northam Burrows. On Sunday night they drove into the Burrows from the Appledore entrance and, after travelling the length of the old tip road, smashed their vehicle through the gate at the end.Debris was found by Head Ranger Shawn Corin some 100 yards further down the lane and there were tyre skid marks on the grass all around. This is not the first time this has happened. In November the same gate was smashed and had to be replaced. In fact, this is the third time in the past six months that vandals have destroyed the gate and driven over the grassland.Mr Corin is now having to consider drastic measures to prevent it happening again.He said: "Each time the gate is broken it costs the council around £300 and, ultimately, it's our local residents who have to pay for it. We'll have to consider using metal gates, which are twice as expensive to buy and maintain, and will detract from the natural beauty all around, but should at least deter the vandals. But it's not just the financial costs. Whoever smashed the gate caused dangerously sharp splinters to be spread across the area, which could easily injure members of the public walking on the Burrows, as well as the local wildlife and dogs. Not to mention the jagged edges on the debris of the gate itself."As a last resort, they might have to lock the gates at the entrance to the Burrows at dusk each evening all year round instead of just during the summer months, causing inconvenience to everyone, he said. But as instances of vandalism seemed to be on the increase, the council might have no choice.Torridge District Council's Lead Member for Northam Burrows, Cllr Andrew Eastman, said: "These irresponsible activities must be stopped and I appeal to all responsible users of the Burrows to report to us or the police, in confidence, any suspicious activity that they observe."If anyone has any information on this incident, or any other incidences of vandalism on the Burrows, please call Shawn Corin on (01237) 479708 or email shawn.corin@torridge.gov.uk.