MUSICIANS from Burnham and Highbridge Town Band are on the search for a new home following a spate of attacks on their band hut.

The band has been playing music at their current home, in playing fields off Worston Lane in Highbridge, for more than 40 years.

In 2016, the band was seen by thousands when it performed on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival.

But band member Caroline Tapfield said things had turned sour in recent weeks after the rehearsal space has pelted with eggs, vandalised by graffiti artists and had holes hacked in the hut’s cladding, leaving the group feeling ‘intimidated’ and ‘frightened.’

She said: “Our hut has been attacked on a number of occasions over the last few weeks.

“We practise on Wednesday’s and we have had eggs thrown through the door at us.

“They have nearly hit some of our players and it is making some us feel intimidated and frightened.

“Our hut is not really located near to any other buildings so I can’t see how we would be disruptive to other people.

“The side of our hut has also been covered in graffiti and holes have been hacked in our cladding.

“About two weeks ago eggs were thrown through the open door of our band room.

“Some of the band members chased the culprits for a distance but were unable to catch them so we notified the police.

“The band has been playing here for more than 40 years and because of these attacks we are being forced to look for a new home.

“It will be sad if we have to leave but we need to keep our members safe.”

This is The West Country:

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said neighbourhood officers will be targeting the area in the future in a bid to crack down on the problem.

“A member of the Burnham and Highbridge Band contacted police on Wednesday, June 5 to report eggs being thrown into the band room,” the spokesman said.

“The call came in just after 8.40pm. The caller told officers a number of band members were struck but no one had seen who was responsible, although a group of young people were in the area.

“Neighbourhood officers have updated their patrol plans to target the area in order to disrupt this anti-social behaviour.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting reference 5219125573, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.