Dismay as heartless vandals strike at park again - The Evesham Observer

Dismay as heartless vandals strike at park again

Evesham Editorial 20th May, 2017   0

HEARTLESS vandals have been slammed for causing more than £300 worth of damage to a popular Pershore park for the second time in a month.

Abbey Park has once again been targeted by yobs who left a trail of offensive graffiti on equipment throughout the park.

Council chiefs at Wychavon District Council are now appealing for witnesses following the spate of incidents which left picnic benches and other surfaces near the water play and skate park in need of cleaning after they were covered in the offensive messages.

The sides of the skate park, the paving around the picnic benches and the water play control cabinet has also been covered in graffiti.

Council bosses estimate the clean-up cost to be around £300 for the three picnic tables, but there will be additional cash needed for the paving, control box and skate park.

The clean-up comes just weeks after a similar incident during the Easter holidays which saw ground staff forced to clean up smashed glass and even human excrement left in the skate park.

Lynn Stevens, senior parks and greenspace officer at Wychavon District Council, said: “We had only just cleaned these benches and the same has happened again. It’s worse as it’s now all over the paving and skate park.

“Every time this happens it costs us money to clear which is money that could be better spent on investing in the parks.

“We’re so proud of our open space, parks and play areas and it’s so depressing when people don’t respect public areas.

“We’ve reported these incidents to the police and asked them to keep an extra watch on the area. We’ve also asked our CCTV team to keep an extra special eye on this area and they will pass any information they find straight to the police.

“We will do all we can to stop this happening again and we’ll take action where we have the evidence,” she added.

Anyone who has any information on the vandalism should call police on 101.

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