Police officers raise concerns over glass shards being scattered across Radford Park – and patrols have been ‘upped’ as a result

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 25 June 2022

POLICE OFFICERS on patrol in Barwell have shown their shock and raised concerns over glass bottle shards being scattered across a play park in the village commonly used by children.

Radford Park, Barwell (Image: Hinckley Police) / Inset (Image: Hinckley Police)

Officers working for the Barwell and Earl Shilton Beat Team have discovered glass shards from smashed bottles of alcohol have been discarded on a slide and play area regularly used by infants and families inside of Radford Park, on Masefield Close.

A spokesperson for the Beat Team stated that a street cleaner has attended to the scene of the incident and picked up most of the glass pieces, but it is believed that more may still be inside.

As a result, cops have had to urge some of the younger children actively playing on-site to be cautious and ensure that they are wearing their shoes whilst using play equipment.

The local council – Barwell Parish Council – have been informed of the incident by officers. And, police patrols have been ‘upped’ around the area.

Discarding the smashed bottles irresponsibly like this, instead of using bins, means that the Beat Team has now seen a ‘big concern’ raised – that is the park serving as a “big risk” to the youngsters who frequent the park on a regular basis.

In a stern statement shared on social media yesterday (Friday, 24 June), officers further stated that they believe the culprits are local teens aged between 14 to 16-years-old.

Park-goers who see or hear anything related to glass still being smashed are encouraged to get in touch with Leicestershire Police officers on their non-emergency number of 101.

Alternatively, this can be reported online through the ‘report a crime’ portal on their official website.

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