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Bucks Play Parks Vandalised - Who Did It?

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12:02am 26th July 2014

Aylesbury Vale District Council has today condemned vandals who caused thousands of pounds of damage to two popular play areas.

Play equipment at the Riverside Walk and Overn Avenue play areas was damaged over recent days, leaving Aylesbury Vale District Council with an estimated repair bill of £2,500.

Offenders targeted the Riverside Walk play area on Meadowcroft, Aylesbury, setting fire to a large ‘nest swing’ suspended from a wooden frame. The attack took place at around 5pm on 22 July.

A fire crew had to be called to quickly extinguish the blaze, which was started by someone placing dried grass in the swing and lighting it. The cost of repairing the damage is estimated to be £1,700

In Buckingham, vandals set fire to the play tunnel in the Overn Avenue play area, causing an estimated £800 worth of damage. Council officers believe the play area was struck between 15 and 22 July.

Councillor Howard Mordue, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said:

“I know local residents will share our anger at this vandalism and we would urge anyone with information to contact the police as soon as possible. We have improved a number of our play areas across the district in the last few years so that young families have safe and up-to-date play equipment to enjoy.

It is totally unacceptable that a mindless minority destroy and spoil these facilities and they should not be allowed to get away with it. We have to pay for damaged equipment to be repaired or replaced – money we would prefer to spend on continuing to improve facilities.”

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact the community spaces team on 01296 585235.

Alternatively you can contact the police on the non-emergency number 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously in confidence on 0800 555 111.

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