Call for witnesses – and respect – after ‘mindless’ park vandalism

October 29 2018

VOLUNTEERS who work to make Page Park a better place say they are at the end of their tether after a series of “mindless” acts of vandalism.

The latest incident happened in the early hours of Friday October 19, when a fire was lit on a £1,600 picnic bench next to the Bean Tree Cafe.

Although the fire was on the metal section of the bench, and was cleaned up with no permanent damage, it came less than two weeks after children’s swings in a play area had their chains deliberately cut.

Steph Purser, vice chair of Friends of Page Park, said the mood amongst members was at an all-time low.

She said: "It's just mindless vandalism. 

"I feel very disheartened, because so much work goes into improving this park.

"It is just a shame the people who go there to do damage don't appreciate how much money we have to fundraise to get the park looking like it does, and to enable activities to go on in there.”

The attack on the play park, which saw vandals cut through chains on every one of the swings, was condemned by residents on social media as “disgusting”.

Police are investigating but as yet, no-one has come forward with information about the identity of the vandals.

An Avon and Somerset police spokesperson said called for anyone who saw anything suspicious overnight between October 5 and 6 to call 101 and quote the crime reference number 5218 223 885.

South Gloucestershire Council has worked to replace the damaged chains as soon as possible. New chains had to be ordered for one of the swings designed for disabled children, but all were expected to be back in use by the time the Voice went to press.

Steph said: "What sort of person would damage swings that are specially for children with special needs? Who would stop a child who might have all sorts of difficulties from enjoying sitting on a swing? It's just appalling."

She called for the community to rally round to stamp out the vandalism, reporting incidents to the police, and to promote respect for the park, adding: “We are wasting our time if people don't back us. "

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