'How could they do that!?' Vandals destroy allotment for struggling families

A woman who transformed her garden into an allotment to feed families struggling with the cost of living crisis is "heartbroken" after it was vandalised with salt.

Carly Burd grew organic vegetables on the plot in Harlow, Essex and handed them out free with other essentials to pensioners on low incomes and families on benefits.

In a video that has been watched 30 million times she said: "I'm absolutely heartbroken. Someone's jumped over in the night and put salt all over the land. That means everything I've planted won't grow.

"All the hours and hours and hours of work we've put in is now dead. They've done it everywhere. How could you do that?

"You won't stop me because I'll just pick it all up and I'll carry on. Okay, I can't plant in this section but I'll carry on. You won't stop me whatsoever," she added.

Ms Burd, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus, claims to have fed 1,613 people.

"Last year I went without heating, having MS with no heating is horrific. Why are we left to live like this?" she added.

"I can’t sit back and watch people struggle, not being able to feed their kids or go without food so they can have the heating on," Ms Burd wrote on her GoFund me page which has raised £147,000 despite an initial £4,000 goal.

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker donated and tweeted: “Why would you ever do something like that?”