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Worden Park entrance left damaged after ‘high speed crash’

Posted on - 7th December, 2018 - 8:41pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Parks, Preston News
Worden Park on a frosty morning Pic: Tim Watts
Worden Park on a frosty morning Pic: Tim Watts

A high-speed collision has left part of the entrance to a park in Leyland damaged.

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South Ribble Borough Council is appealing for witnesses as it looks set to foot a £10,000 bill following the crash.

Between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Thursday (6 December) the council say a car doing ‘moderate to quick speed judging by the damage caused’ collided with one of the bollards at the main car park entrance at Worden Park in Worden Lane.

A spokesman for the council said: “We would like to stress that the Park and its car parking facilities remain open this weekend – but there will be restricted accessibility, with some of the entrance being fenced off and in a dangerous condition.

“We now urge any witnesses to come forward and report what they saw or heard to the police non-emergency number (dial 101) and if they have any photos or videos of the incident or aftermath, to report these too and share with the police.

“Unfortunately, the damage caused is considerable, and could cost up to £10,000 to repair – so we would like to investigate the circumstances which led to the accident and ensure that the culprit pays for the criminal damage and (some/all) financial costs incurred.

“Moreover, we are very concerned, if it is true, that an individual in the Leyland area is driving recklessly to cause such damage and in a way that not only endangers infrastructure but more importantly, could cause a serious risk to life, ending in injury or death. This, we find deeply disturbing and must not be tolerated, if found to be true.

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“So please do come forward if you know anything, or have heard/overheard any details on this matter which could assist the police in their enquiries.

“We have no details at this time.

“We suspect it was a car; we suspect it was a moderate to quick speed.

“We suspect the car has tried to turn into the car park and hit the bollard and damaged the stone structure.

“Nobody reported it to the police – but we have now done so.

“And again, please feel free to use Worden Park this weekend – it is open as usual.

“We would really appreciate your support on this, and we hope we can count on your backing when it comes to protecting our parks and shared spaces in the face of vandalism, intentional damage or just unfortunate accidents – whichever the above incident may be.”

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