Vandals condemned for ‘mindless’ attack on volunteers’ tiny new Sheffield park

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‘MINDLESS’ vandals have uprooted plants at a new pocket park in Sheffield before it was even complete.

Seat covers were also ripped off and thrown into the river in the attack on the park at the junction of Hickmott Road and Eastwood Road, off Ecclesall Road.

Sharrow Vale Community Association has worked to create the park, which overlooks the Porter Brook, over two years.

Secretary Shelley Cockayne said: “We’ve just had the seats put on and the park was 90 per cent finished.

“The covers have been ripped off and thrown in the river.

“Some of the plants have been pulled out and thrown in the river as well.

“It is really disappointing and so annoying when you are trying to do something positive for the area. It’s just mindless really.”

CCTV cameras could now be put in place as there is some money left from the project, which received £50,000 from Marks & Spencer and £30,000 from Sheffield Council’s south east community assembly.

Shelley said: “There is an underspend in the budget and we’ve tried to factor in CCTV before, so it looks like we will use this underspend to get some.

“That should be the warning really - anybody doing this again could be caught on camera.”

Marks & Spencer’s Greener Living Spaces campaign funded the park in a partnership with Groundwork.

The campaign has created 100 green spaces nationwide and Hickmott Road was the final one.

The incident has been reported to the police over the weekend.

n Anybody with information is asked to call police on 101.