Stockingford playground equipment cut up by vandals in ‘despicable’ act of vandalism

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 19 September 2021

MINDLESS VANDALS targeted a play area in Stockingford, Nuneaton, last week, cutting up pieces of playground equipment, causing ‘several thousands’ pounds worth of criminal damage.

(Image: Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council)

Now, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council (NBBC) are asking witnesses with any information on the incident to come forward.

It is suspected that the Stockingford Recreation Ground on Westbury Road was hit by the vandals on 11 September.

Several items of play equipment inside of the playground have been ‘badly vandalised’, with some being completely sawn off and other pieces being so badly damaged that it is unable to be repaired.

(Image: Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council)

Since the incident took place, the Borough Council’s Playground Team have since made the area safe by removing the damaged equipment and liaising with the Community Safety Team on the matter.

The cost of the damage is estimated to be around £6,000 in total – and now the Council are ‘currently investigating’ if they have the funds available to replace the damaged equipment.

Anyone with information on the incident is being urged to report it to the independent crime charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, using the crime reference number of 23/37009/21.

Coun. Julian Gutteridge, the Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health and Environment, described the incident as a ‘despicable’ act of vandalism.

He further stated that the costs run into thousands of pounds, which could be put to ‘better use’ by the Council, and that Stockingford residents could lose out on their play equipment for good.

He said: “This is a despicable act of vandalism and we are appealing to anyone who has information to come forward and report it.

“The costs run into many thousands of pounds that could be put to better use, especially in the wake of a global pandemic which has also hit Council finances hard.

“It is a very real possibility that the mindless actions of these criminals could mean that local residents in Stockingford could lose out on this valuable play equipment for good.

“Please, if you have any information, no matter how small, report it to Crimestoppers so we can help catch the culprits.”

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