Town council brand vandalism at play park ‘shameful disgrace’

Dereham Town Council are installing new play equipment in the town, which has been vandalised. Pictu

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 - Credit: Archant

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.

"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.


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"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."

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Norfolk Police said they had received no reports so far.

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