Anger as Drawen play-swing vandals strike again

Coun Brian Taylor with the vandalised swing in Bold Venture Park

Coun Brian Taylor with the vandalised swing in Bold Venture Park

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

VANDALS have cut down a swing from a children’s play area twice in a matter of days.

The swing in Bold Venture Park was taken down after being replaced by council workmen last week.

And this week, a second new swing was also taken down by vandals who have been slammed as ‘mindless’.

The swing had been financed by Blackburn with Darwen Council using Section 106 money from housing developments in the area.

Sunnyhurst councillor Brian Taylor said: “This is so disappointing.

“The Friends of Bold Venture Park do their utmost to keep the park in the condition that we can all be proud of.

“It did cross my mind to request closure of the playground, but that would punish all the innocent children of the Bold Venture area.

“We cannot allow the mindless to dictate to us.”

Friends of Bold Venture Park chairman Harry Blackwell said: “It is the third time it has happened in about six years.

“It is disappointing as it was only replaced a few weeks back, having been missing for about three years.”

Coun Taylor added: “Harry and all your group, keep up the good work. We appreciate what you do.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council bosses said they would not fund a third replacement swing.

Coun Jim Smith, executive member for environment, said: “I am disgusted that mindless vandals can destroy equipment that provides fun to the children and young people within their own community.

“Crimes like this should sicken the residents of Bold Venture and I urge anyone with any information regarding this to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Prospective candidate for Labour at next year’s General Election Will Straw said: “This is hugely frustrating for everyone who uses Bold Venture Park.

“At a time when public resources for our green spaces have been cut right back, community groups like the Friends of Bold Venture Park have stepped in to provide hours of time and love for our shared spaces.

“Incidents like these, which are becoming all too frequent, undermine their work and spoil the enjoyment of the whole community.

“The perpetrators should have the book thrown at them for this petty act of vandalism.”

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5:00pm Wed 3 Sep 14

CapitaBackHander says...

Yet again I wonder why no CCTV - just a temporary camera to catch when this VERY obvious case will happen. The same typed used for i.e. flytipping.

He thought about asking for closure of the park? Why?
Yet again I wonder why no CCTV - just a temporary camera to catch when this VERY obvious case will happen. The same typed used for i.e. flytipping. He thought about asking for closure of the park? Why? CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 3

12:14pm Thu 4 Sep 14

winkerwatson666 says...

CapitaBackHander wrote:
Yet again I wonder why no CCTV - just a temporary camera to catch when this VERY obvious case will happen. The same typed used for i.e. flytipping.

He thought about asking for closure of the park? Why?
People know the brats that are hanging out there so they should video them as a deterrent the Police wont bother they don't go out into Darwen at night
[quote][p][bold]CapitaBackHander[/bold] wrote: Yet again I wonder why no CCTV - just a temporary camera to catch when this VERY obvious case will happen. The same typed used for i.e. flytipping. He thought about asking for closure of the park? Why?[/p][/quote]People know the brats that are hanging out there so they should video them as a deterrent the Police wont bother they don't go out into Darwen at night winkerwatson666
  • Score: 2

12:40pm Thu 4 Sep 14

dinger123 says...

I agree put up cctv somewhere in a tree, im sure it will cost a lot less in the long run. Also the park main gates should be closed 9pm, its most likely to be the youths after this time who are doing the damage.
I agree put up cctv somewhere in a tree, im sure it will cost a lot less in the long run. Also the park main gates should be closed 9pm, its most likely to be the youths after this time who are doing the damage. dinger123
  • Score: 3
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