Anger as Ronnie O’Sullivan snooker scarecrow display trashed by vandals in Somerset village
The targeted attack has been branded “a disgusting act”
Residents of a Somerset village have been left horrified and disgusted after a life-size scarecrow of snooker sporting legend Ronnie O’Sullivan was vandalised in a front garden.
The rocket flames attached to the end of Ronnie’s cue were ripped off and vandals attempted to remove the scarecrow from the seat which he had been tied to.
The culprits then upturned a snooker table which had been placed beside the record-breaking snooker champ leaving the scene in disarray.
The annual scarecrow competition, run by the local community chose a sporting theme this year and were inundated with entries which now form an entertaining display in front gardens around the village.
However, mindless vandals went to several gardens overnight and trashed some of the displays leaving the owners angry.
Ronnie had been lovingly made by Milborne Port resident Mandy Chaffey along with the help of her husband Colin and 22-year-old son William who idolises the sporting hero (named The Rocket due to his style of playing).
Made in true Worzel Gummidge style, they spent hours stuffing pairs of tights with straw, making his outfit and laying out a snooker table display complete with coloured balls.
She said that as soon as the competition organisers told villagers the scarecrows had to follow a sporting theme there was no question who they were going to make.
“My son is snooker mad and loves “Rocket Ronnie” and it was a joint effort between the three of us,” she said.
“When we opened our door that morning the display had been attacked and they ripped off the rocket flames we had put on the end of his cue and threw it on the ground.
“They then tried to removed Ronnie from his chair, but he was tied too tightly and ended up just lying there in a dishevelled heap.
“They then pushed the table right over which had a set of snooker balls glued onto it, and it narrowly missed hitting my son’s car that was parked in the driveway.
“Whoever did this just didn’t think, and it was a disgusting act.
“This is a community competition which we all put a lot of effort into doing and they obviously just ‘don’t get it.
“They also targeted a tennis player scarecrow in somebody else’s front garden, ripping off its arm and stealing the ball.”
Mrs Chaffey said that the actions of the vandals would not destroy their spirit and said they had managed to patch Ronnie up and return him to his former glory, however his rocket flames remain missing.
“It is a wonderful thing to do for our village, just to see the joy on everyone’s faces when they see the scarecrows is fantastic, even the recycling men have a laugh at them,” she added.
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