Vandals destroy Sheffield park climb wall

Climbing wall at Millhouses Park has had its handholds stolen
Climbing wall at Millhouses Park has had its handholds stolen
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Thieves have stolen dozens of handholds from a Sheffield park’s climbing wall - leaving volunteers facing a £500 bill to replace them.

The Friends of Millhouses Park group is urging people to be vigilant and report suspicious activity in the park after the items were taken.

In total 67 plastic handholds were removed from the climbing wall.

Vandals have also knocked down a wall in the park’s special sensory garden, smashed down fences, and daubed graffiti - in a spate of offences carried out over the past two weeks.

John Brighton, chairman of the Friends’ group, said: “We are all pretty hacked off because it is very difficult raising money.

“The climbing wall handrails are not a piece of kit that the council would just come along and replace. We campaigned and part-funded this piece of equipment which cost £5,000, and it was installed three years ago.

“With the wall also being knocked down there has been £1,000 of damage committed in two weeks, money that has had to be found to carry out repairs.”

The park’s bowling club has donated £500 to work on the wall that was knocked down.

And the Friends group has had two offers of help from local businesses to replace the handholds.

People are being urged to call police on 101 if they see anyone causing damage, or any suspicious activity, in the park off Abbeydale Road South.