Community can help stop park vandals

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A community is being asked to help police keep a play park safe and crime free.

Meadowdale play park in Bedlington is a popular place for local children and families to go and play.

But the area has been damaged by vandals on a number of occasions in recent months.

Repairs, costing thousands of pounds, have been paid for and carried out by West Bedlington Parish Council, only to see the damage repeated.

In the latest incident – on Saturday, August 31 – vandals ripped up and destroyed an area of rubber safety flooring causing the park to be closed for safety reasons.

A member of the public reported the damage to police, with officers attending and detaining two children, aged 10 and 12, who admitted causing the damage.

Bedlington Neighbourhood Beat Manager Neil Nevens said: “Mindless damage to the park has cost thousands of pounds to repair and a great deal of concern to the local community.

“I’d urge local residents to report any vandalism or anti-social behaviour to us so we can respond and take action.

“We will continue to work with our partners and local community to make Bedlington a safe place for everyone.”

A spokesperson for the town council said: “West Bedlington Town Council would like to thank the police for their continued diligence with regard to policing the Meadowdale play area.

“The acts of wanton and mindless vandalism there have put an intolerable financial burden on council ratepayers who have had to pay for repairs time and time again.

“The council would urge all residents in the area to report any instances of damage or vandalism to police immediately.”