Colehill Playground Vandalised

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By MrBobBobly | Monday, June 18, 2012, 10:10

On a recent trip to Oliver's playground in Colehill with my grandson I was disgusted to discover it had been vandalised over the past few weeks since my last visit, with posts ripped up and destroyed.

Despite there being a sign that states clearly that no one over twelve-years-old should be in the playground, while I was there two teenagers, around fifteen-years-old, turned up and started to use the swings. When I pointed out to them the play area was for children I got a mouthful of abuse in front of my grandson. When I started to phone the number displayed on the playground sign they moved off, still giving me abuse. And it seems that although it states clearly on the sign the playground shuts at dusk or 9pm, whichever is earlier, the playground is still a magnet to teenagers in the area after dark.

Indeed on closer inspection I discovered an empty case of Strongbow and a broken bottle of vodka lying around, clearly showing teenagers are using the playground as some sort of social meeting place to drink and cause havoc. So why isn't anything being done about it?

If it isn't bad enough there is broken glass lying around the vandalised posts haven't been replaced and it's obvious that the police aren't checking the area at night to see if teenagers are using the place to meet up and drink. There should be a regular patrol to discourage this sort of behaviour, but I guess Dorset Police don't have the budget for it, so it's our children and grandchild that suffer.



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