Extra park patrols in bid to reduce vandalism

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patrols have been stepped up in a park following a spate of vandalism over recent weeks.

Swings have been broken, a window has been smashed at the cricket pavilion, stones have been removed from walls and hedges have been pulled up at Queen’s Park in Chesterfield.

Chesterfield Council and Derbyshire Police are carrying out extra patrols in a bid to deter people from using the park after dark.

And the council is threatening to prosecute anyone found in the park after it closes.

PCSO Hannah Blockwell, of the Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The damage has been costly for the council to repair, and it is unfair to other people who want to enjoy the facilities during the daytime.

“We will be working with the council to address these issues around anti-social behaviour by carrying out regular patrols, and officers will be taking action against any offenders.”

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Executive Member for the Environment at Chesterfield Council, said: “Queen’s Park is a much loved part of Chesterfield and is used all year round by thousands of residents and visitors.

“We won’t stand by and let this thoughtless vandalism spoil what is a beautiful and cherished part of our borough.”

Queen’s Park opens at 8am and closes at 6pm.

Anyone with information should on the vandals responsible for the park attacks should call 101.