Man arrested over theft of children's pond-dipping platform from Eatock Lodge in Westhoughton

The Bolton News: The ruined pond-dipping platform at Eatock Lodge in Daisy Hill, Westhoughton The ruined pond-dipping platform at Eatock Lodge in Daisy Hill, Westhoughton

POLICE have arrested a suspected thief for taking decking from a community “dipping platform” at a beauty spot.

Volunteers and residents were left devastated when thieves ripped up the wooden platform from Eatock Lodge in Daisy Hill last week.

Youngsters, who enjoy pond-dipping, have been unable to go on the platform since the theft because it is too dangerous.

A man was arrested by Bolton South Neighbourhood Policing Team on suspicion of stealing the decking, which was worth hundreds of pounds. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Friends of Eatock Lodge feared they would have to raise funds to make replace the stolen decking, but Anthony Axford Ltd, of King Street, Farnworth, threw the group a lifeline by offering to donate decking at no cost.

Bolton Council has funded contractors to fit the decking.

People with information about the theft can call police on 0161 8565608 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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10:37am Fri 4 Apr 14

oftbewildered2 says...

I think we as a community are getting less tolerant of bad behaviour of others and feel more confident to speak out. I hope this goes from strength to strength - after all our community is where we live and we don't want it spoiled by a few mindless morons who think only of themselves.
I think we as a community are getting less tolerant of bad behaviour of others and feel more confident to speak out. I hope this goes from strength to strength - after all our community is where we live and we don't want it spoiled by a few mindless morons who think only of themselves. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 22

11:07am Fri 4 Apr 14

itsnotthatbad says...

Think he should get a pond dipping for being a naughty boy!
Think he should get a pond dipping for being a naughty boy! itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 10

11:21am Fri 4 Apr 14

Wolfie190 says...

Show pics and name and shame. Decking in your back garden is only for fashion victims anyway.
Show pics and name and shame. Decking in your back garden is only for fashion victims anyway. Wolfie190
  • Score: 16

1:04pm Fri 4 Apr 14

boltonnut says...

The despicable person that stole this wood will probably get a jail sentence,whereas the self confessed "**** addict and paedo" is convicted and is not jailed and is at liberty to carry on his sick habit.PS,I'm making this comment here because once again the BN has practiced censorship on certain articles that they deem for some reason or another "sensitive".
The despicable person that stole this wood will probably get a jail sentence,whereas the self confessed "**** addict and paedo" is convicted and is not jailed and is at liberty to carry on his sick habit.PS,I'm making this comment here because once again the BN has practiced censorship on certain articles that they deem for some reason or another "sensitive". boltonnut
  • Score: 7

1:29pm Fri 4 Apr 14

beautifulbolton says...

Fingers crossed they will have enough evidence to press charges & make an example of this selfish person.

It's nice to see some positive joint community ownership between Bolton Council & Anthony Axfords - So thank you & looking forwards to it being restored.
Fingers crossed they will have enough evidence to press charges & make an example of this selfish person. It's nice to see some positive joint community ownership between Bolton Council & Anthony Axfords - So thank you & looking forwards to it being restored. beautifulbolton
  • Score: 18

7:18pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Rozzers1980 says...

Every credit to the local firm that is fixing this morons stupid antics! I live just around the corner and this is a really nice place to feed the ducks and go fishing on etc .hope he gets what's coming to him.name and shame the scum bag who has caused such a mess to gain a few planks off wood .
Every credit to the local firm that is fixing this morons stupid antics! I live just around the corner and this is a really nice place to feed the ducks and go fishing on etc .hope he gets what's coming to him.name and shame the scum bag who has caused such a mess to gain a few planks off wood . Rozzers1980
  • Score: 6

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