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Swings damaged in arson attack

Wednesday 1st August 2012

Vandals carried a sofa to a playground and torched it underneath a set of swings.

 

The settee was burned on Monday and caused damage estimated at £2,500 to the swings and safety surface at Wombwell Park.

 

“The park is well used and over recent years has seen a number of improvements thanks to the work of parks officers, friends group, and other members of the community.

 

"We can’t understand why someone would try to undo all the hard work by recklessly damaging the place. There are unprecedented and well-publicised pressures on council budgets, and it simply isn’t possible to continually replace damaged and stolen equipment.”

 

Brian Whittaker of the Friends of Wombwell Park, said: “We have a lot of plans for the park and will continue to volunteer and fund raise to make sure it continues to be a great place for families to visit. Sadly, mindless acts like this do make you start to ask if it’s all worth the effort.”

 

Anyone with information should contact police by calling 101.

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Posted by AreShoal I Tue 7th Aug 2012 at 11:58pm

"We can’t understand why someone would try to undo all the hard work by recklessly damaging the place. There are unprecedented and well-publicised pressures on council budgets, and it simply isn’t possible to continually replace damaged and stolen equipment.”

Jesus, get real. "You can't understand"? (You ought to be in a different job then) - Ask yourself this - What is more exciting to kids nowadays - Swinging on a swing whilst sucking on a few sweeties or torching a sofa and watching it go up in flames whilst sucking on a tin of Stella or bottle of Cider? Oh and they might also puffing on a bit of Skunk Weed at the same time.

Posted by TSnf I Fri 10th Aug 2012 at 5:09pm

If the most exciting thing that these kids can find to do is set swings alight, then they have severe problems that a good flogging may perhaps start to address. After that, they can be made to put right the damage done, out of their own pockets along with some damned hard slog to tidy up the mess!! They are nothing but sub-human detritus!!!!