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Play area vandals leave council with £2,000 repair bill

Archived press release

Date Published: 31/07/09

Part of the play area has been closed to allow the council to carry out repairs.

Part of the play area has been closed to allow the council to carry out repairs.

Aylesbury Vale District Council is calling for the public’s help to identify those responsible for causing damage to a local play area.

Around £2,000 worth of damage was caused to the play area at Walton Court in Aylesbury when vandals ripped up safety surfacing.

The play area was vandalised on three separate occasions this week and part of it has been closed to allow the council to carry out repairs.

Councillor David Thompson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “I find it difficult to comprehend why people carry out this mindless vandalism. The person or people who have carried out this vandalism are cruel and heartless and have no consideration for the residents of this area and the many young children who use this play area.

“The actions of these utterly thoughtless people mean that the resources we now have to divert to put right the damage they have caused will probably be paid for from the money earmarked to improve other local play areas. I would urge anyone who knows anything about these incidents to look to their consciences and let us, or the police, know who is responsible.”

Anyone with information about the play area vandalism is asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 08458 505505, the council on 01296 585228 or Crimestoppers, anonymously and in confidence, on 0800 555111.

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