Vandals trash Rugby park; taxpayers to foot £1,000 bill - The Rugby Observer

Vandals trash Rugby park; taxpayers to foot £1,000 bill

Rugby Editorial 24th Sep, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

‘MINDLESS’ vandals have devastated a Hillmorton park, causing up to £1,000 worth of damage by breaking into the pavilion and digging dozens of holes in a football pitch and a children’s playground.

Mud was strewn across the play area at the Featherbed Lane recreation ground, and a rope supporting a climbing frame’s bridge was cut.

Council staff discovered the damage shortly before 7am yesterday (Wednesday September 23) and found discarded gardening tools – a hoe and a scythe – believed to have been brought by the vandals to carry out the attack.

The council has now started work to repair the damage, with the final clean-up bill expected to top £1,000. The incident has been reported to Warwickshire Police.

Rugby Borough Council environment spokeswoman Coun Lisa Parker said: “Vandalising an area where children play makes whoever did this the lowest of the low in my eyes.

“Acts of vandalism such as this cost the council a significant amount of taxpayers’ money – money which should be spent on providing services for our residents.

“The overwhelming majority of our residents appreciate the borough’s parks and green spaces, and we should never tolerate the mindless behaviour of the minority.

“I hope witnesses come forward and the person responsible is prosecuted with the full weight of the law.”

Anyone with information about the vandalism should contact Warwickshire Police on 101.

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