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Town council brand vandalism at play park 'shameful disgrace'

PUBLISHED: 15:43 21 June 2019 | UPDATED: 15:43 21 June 2019

Dereham Town Council are installing new play equipment in the town, which has been vandalised. Pictured, how they hope the play area will look. PHOTO: RUSSELL PLAY

Dereham Town Council are installing new play equipment in the town, which has been vandalised. Pictured, how they hope the play area will look. PHOTO: RUSSELL PLAY

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Vandalism of wooden play equipment in a Norfolk park has been slammed as "shameful" and "a disgrace".

A woodland character at Dereham's Hillcrest Avenue park was damaged with a saw on Thursday, June 20.

Antony Needham, Dereham Town Council (DTC) clerk, said: "Can all parents around Hillcrest check whether their saws were used last night.

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"Vandals have started trying to saw pieces off play equipment at the pond park."

He added: "The council is investing £200,000 of public money for the benefit of children and young people - for vandalism to happen so soon is a disgrace. If it was you or one of your children, you should be ashamed.

"This is not only criminal damage, it is also a shameful crime against your neighbours, friends and the children who live near you.

"If anybody observed people with a saw near the play area last night please report it to the police."

Norfolk Police said they had received no reports so far.

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