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Benches thrown in brooks and trees cut down in Moor Park and Haslam Park vandalism

Posted on - 20th May, 2024 - 12:39pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Crime, Fulwood, Moor Park, Parks, Preston Council, Preston News
The broken bench in the brook in Haslam Park Pic: Preston Parks

Preston’s parks have been hit with a spate of vandalism throughout the sunny weekend.

Picnic benches thrown into brooks, trees cut down and benches damaged are among the incidents.

Preston City Council says it has reported issues in Moor Park and Haslam Park to Preston Police.

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A council spokesperson said: “Over the weekend three mature trees have been cut down at the base in Moor Park.

“The newly renovated bowling greens and surrounding fencing have been damaged repeatedly over the past week. Our teams have been out to fix and strengthen the fencing multiple times, only for it to be damaged again.

“It appears that people have been playing football on the greens which has caused damage to the newly laid grass.

One of the trees felled in Moor Park Pic: Preston Parks

“In Haslam Park, one of the picnic benches, gifted to the parks by Newman College has been removed from the side of the duckpond, carried some distance and dumped in the brook, these benches were only installed last week to enjoy a place to sit in the park. The bench is now damaged and will need to be removed.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to our parks teams who work hard to maintain the parks. They go above and beyond to fix any damages and ensure that the parks are fit for use by everyone.”

Cabinet member for environment and community safety, councillor Freddie Bailey, said: “It is extremely disappointing to see the damage caused to our beloved parks over the weekend. I urge anyone who has information about these senseless acts to come forward so that we can take action and ensure that this unacceptable behaviour does not continue. Thank you to the parks team for their hard work in maintaining our fantastic green spaces.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or email parks@preston.gov.uk

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