Yobs leave trail of destruction at new £20,000 play area
SAFETY flooring on a new £20,000 children’s play area was burnt and graffiti was daubed on equipment as yobs camped in the grounds of a school over the summer holidays.
Staff at Blackrod Church School discovered equipment had been damaged and rubbish left behind at the start of this week as they returned after the long summer break.
It is the second case of vandalism in the village of Blackrod to have happened in recent weeks.
The Bolton News reported on Wednesday how hundreds of pounds worth of damage had been done to the outdoor toddlers’ play area at Blackrod Community Playgroup.
The latest incident has been reported to the police. The area has been cleaned up and graffiti removed.
Blackrod Church School headteacher James Royal said: “It is disappointing and sad. Someone is coming out to look to at the damage and we are hoping that only part of the flooring will have to be replaced.”
Staff discovered a makeshift tent hooked up to the gate and the yobs who were camped there who fled.
Mr Royal said: “The area really did look a mess, there was litter everywhere and it seemed that they enjoyed spoiling the area.
“Once cleaned up it did not look too bad. We have told the pupils that some older boys and girls make bad choices and it is a shame it has happened.”
The school is determined that vandals will not stop children from enjoying the educational benefits of the play area, which was formally opened in June by Shrek.
The playground cost just over £20,000 and the school raised the money through the Awards for All Lottery grant, the school’s Parents Teachers Friends Association, the Horwich Rotary Club and the Methodist Church. Children and parents also helped by taking part in sponsored activities.
The play area was designed for reception, year one and year two children as well as mothers and toddlers groups.
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