Counting cost after vandalism at new play area

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VANDALS who caused ‘several thousand pounds’ of damage to newly-installed play equipment in a Sheffield park have been criticised by a retired police inspector who is now a councillor in the area.

Graffiti has been daubed on the climbing frame, bikes ridden down the slide, a zip wire damaged and a wooden figure beheaded at Fox Glen Park, Deepcar.

Coun Jack Clarkson, Lib Dem councillor for Stocksbridge and Upper Don, said: “It is very sad when this sort of thing happens when the council has improved facilities in the park.

“The vandalism has now been repaired but I have informed local police so they are aware of the problem and can keep a check on the park.”

He added: “What is particularly upsetting is that it seems the vandalism, which cost several thousand pounds to repair, has been carried out by youngsters from the area. Those same youngsters must have brothers or sisters, or know other children who use and enjoy the play area.

Insp Darren Starkey, from the police Hillsborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, said, “The park is there for everyone to enjoy but we will not accept mindless vandalism to property and residents being significantly affected.”

He said additional patrols are carried out at the park.