ATTEMPTS to transform a Doncaster beauty spot which was the scene of a horrific torture case three years ago are being blighted by vandals.
In the latest incident off-road vehicles were used to pull down heavy gates at the entrance to the Martinwells Lake in Edlington.
The site, formerly known as the Brick Ponds, achieved notoriety in April 2009 when two young boys were physically and sexually assaulted by two other boys in a terrifying ordeal which attracted national headlines.
Since then local people and the council have put much effort into renovating the site but in the most recent incident of criminal damage two sets of gates were torn down.
The gates allowing access to Martinwells Lake were secured by the water bailiff on April 4 but were found pulled out of the ground and damaged the next morning.
Police believe two vehicles were used to cause the damage and were driven off road in farmers fields near the lake.
Sgt Richard Vernon, of Edlington SNT, said: “This area is of substantial value to the local community and is used by walkers and fishermen for recreational purposes.
“The damage caused will be of a considerable cost to repair, and I would urge the public to please come forward if they have any information to assist in finding those responsible.”
Doncaster’s Adults and Communities director, Joan Beck, described it as “mindless vandalism” and they are repairing the gates as soon as possible.
She said: “Doncaster Council is investing heavily in the Martinwells Lake area, installing litter bins, 40 new fishing pods, assisting with community clean ups and working with local groups.
“Patrolling the area is already a priority for the Edlington SNT and we will be stepping up patrols further following this incident.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 125 of April 5.