Vandals dumped wrecked cars on Sheffield footpath

vandalised / stolen cars in Herdings
vandalised / stolen cars in Herdings
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Vandals have repeatedly abandoned and burned out stolen cars blocking a busy footpath in a Sheffield neighbourhood.

The problems have happened three times in just weeks in Herdings.

Resident Linda Haughey, aged 62, said people living around the area have been infuriated by the problem.

She said: “Three cars have been abandoned and set on fire within a month on the footpath between the tram terminus and Valley Park School.

“The path is used by families with pushchairs and elderly people who were left unable to get through until the wreckage was cleared.

“The incidents must have been difficult for firefighters to get to. On one occasion I think the joyrider had driven his car through a small copse of woods at the left side of the path to abandon it where it was.

“It’s as if the anti-social people doing this are giving the emergency services a challenge. I also feel for the people whose vehicles are being stolen and destroyed.”

And residents in Page Hall have also suffered a spate of vandalism.

Julie Blacker, of Page Hall, said there had been ‘a continuous problem with litter, fly-tipping and graffiti’.

She said: “I’ve attended endless community forum meetings and have also approached Sheffield Council, Kier, Street Force, who have in the past tidied up the area but then unfortunately two days later the area looks exactly the same if not worse.

“The streets themselves are pretty much always covered in litter but their are also areas which are heavily fly-tipped.

“There is a pedestrian walkway which leads around the back of Owler Brook Infants school in between Dunmow Road and Popple Street which is always absolutely strewn with fly tipping and litter. Some of which has also been lobbed over into the school grounds.

“The houses which back onto this walkway are constantly plagued with graffiti and smashed windows.”

Julie added: “A few years back the green space which this walkway leads to was completely revamped and looked great for a while.

Now, there are always smashed bottles, piles of dog muck and rubbish. ”

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, waste and streetscene, said: “We know about problems with fly tipping, littering and similar anti-social behaviour and we are tackling these with local residents and other agencies.

“We would ask members of the public to contact the council on 0114 273 4567 to report fly tipping or houses where there are problems with a private tenancy.”