PRESS RELEASE 16.7.20
Vandalised Play Areas were Due to Open
On Monday July 13th, the very first night after we had put in place recommended safeguards our Play Areas at Richard Robinson Field on Churchill Road, were vandalised.
Requests from Parents
In response to requests from parents, Church Stretton Town Council decided to implement the government instructions on how to make play equipment safe, with a view to the early re-opening of the play areas even though some Councils continue to keep their play areas closed.
Premeditated Act of Sabotage,
The vandals came equipped with heavy duty tools and cut the chains and padlocks put in place to stop the use of equipment which posed the greatest threat of cross-contamination. They kicked-in the signage, leaving unsafe screws and sharp edges. So, it was a premeditated act of sabotage, causing damage of over £500, plus wasting Council staff time.
In these circumstances, the Council has no alternative but to consider the costly removal of certain equipment from Richard Robinson Field until further notice, so as to minimise the risk of contamination.
This premeditated and heartless vandalism disgusts me. Those vandals have prevented our youngsters using this play equipment, after the long lock-down.
This is but the latest act of vandalism to Council property over recent years, which has cost local residents thousands of pounds. I appeal for any witnesses, who are able to help the police to identify those responsible, to come forward without delay.Cllr. Bob Welch, Mayor of Church Stretton
Call for Witnesses
If you have any information which will help identify those responsible, please contact Police Constable 2693 Grant on 0777 305 4602 or phone Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting Investigation No. 22/58683/20