Vandals damage fence in park area

Lydia Barrass and Charlotte McAndrew, who worked on the project when they were 15, assess the damage to the fence.
Lydia Barrass and Charlotte McAndrew, who worked on the project when they were 15, assess the damage to the fence.

Teenagers have spoken of their dismay following an act of vandalism in Bedlington.

Three years ago this summer, the young people from Leading Link were celebrating their achievement on restoring the band stand in Attlee Park to a picturesque stage.

So they were shocked to discover that vandals had recently torn away the fence from the disabled access and left the surrounding area swamped with broken glass, vodka and high-energy empty bottles and cigarette packets.

Soon after it was reported, workers from Northumberland County Council went along to the park to clear the items and bits of fencing.

The 64 youngsters who were involved in the Sita-funded band stand project included Lydia Barrass and Charlotte McAndrew, both are now aged 18, and Lydia said: “Leading Link is a small charity that does so much for Bedlington’s young people and we feel that this incident has greatly disappointed us all.”

Charlotte added that she could not get over how much brute force was needed to destroy the fence or how much glass was left on the ground.

Manager of Leading Link, Lyn Horton, said: “I wonder how much voluntary work these vandals have ever done?

“On a positive note though, the band stand still stands proud in Attlee Park and remains a symbol of what the vast majority of young people want to do and can achieve.”