Anger at playground damage

Leverington Sports and Social Club play equipment that has been vandalised.'
Leverington Sports and Social Club play equipment that has been vandalised.'

LEVERINGTON residents were thrilled last year when they finally got a playground for the children to use but now it has been targeted by vandals.

The wooden play equipment, situated next to Leverington Sports and Social Club, has been well-used by the village since it opened last summer.

But over the past few weeks, vandals have targeted the area. The first sign of damage was obscene graffiti that appeared on the benches and some of the play equipment. The latest damage saw a bench destroyed.

As a result, CCTV will be installed at the site in an attempt to deter future vandalism.

Sarah Davey, vice-chair of Leverington Playground Group, said: “All of our hard work and effort paid off when we saw how happy the children of the village were to finally have somewhere fun and safe to play. Parents from all over the area – not just Leverington – have been bringing their children here to play and we have had nothing but positive comments from them, which is fantastic.

“It is just a shame that now we seem to have this very small minority of individuals that feel the need to vandalise and destroy this equipment. We have handed this matter over to the police.”

The playground, which cost between £40-£50,000 to build, was the result of two-and-a-half years of hard work by the fundraising group. A significant amount of money was raised through local fundraising, including bingos and fun days.

• Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact PC Webber 1848 on 101.