Vandals destroy park’s play facilities

Vandals have destroyed some of the equipment on the children's playground, setting fire to a slide and damaging swings.
Vandals have destroyed some of the equipment on the children's playground, setting fire to a slide and damaging swings.
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Vandals set fire to a much-loved slide and damaged swings at a Kettering park last night (Tuesday, August 20).

The helter skelter slide and swings at the Rockingham Road Pleasure Park were badly damaged in the nighttime attack.

Today (Wednesday, August 21) officers from Kettering Council taped off the damaged items and said the slide would have to be removed.

David Meagher, chairman of the Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, said the vandals were ‘brainless’.

He added: “I’m so angry. The slide has been completely destroyed and won’t ever be in service again.

“I have seen the faces of the people who have done this but proving it is another matter.

“They are selfish, brainless idiots. They might have outgrown the slide and swings but there are lots of other little kids who haven’t – maybe even their brothers and sisters.

“Their parents must have smelled them coming home with smoke and maybe even petrol on their clothes, so hopefully they will do something.”

Grandmother Josie Maddison, who lives near the park, was there this morning with her five grandchildren.

She said: “It’s disgusting.

“They have ruined it for everyone. The children just have a couple of swings left to play on.

“I’m just really disappointed and angry.”

Kettering councillor Michael Brown said: “I am absolutely livid that idiots like this feel they have the right to destroy what belongs to all of us.

“My kids, as I am sure, like many others kids in the area, will be devastated to see this damage on their favourite park.

“I have had a meeting with the local police in the past week to discuss what we are going to try to do together to help with these kind of incidents. If anyone knows of any information at all about this incident I ask them to kindly tell the police so they can catch these disrespectful individuals.”

Anyone with information about the damage should contact Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

New play equipment is due to be installed at the park in a number of weeks, according to Mr Meagher.