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Sledgehammer used to smash up playground

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Lisbellaw playground

A POPULAR playpark used by local youngsters has been vandalised by a criminal using a sledgehammer, on two separate occasions.
It is believed that on both Tuesday, July 11th and Sunday, July 16th damage was caused to panels on a climbing frame in the play park at Queens Park, Lisbellaw. The cost of repairing this damage caused by these acts ran into hundreds of pounds.
Local Councillor Robert Irvine has condemned the vandalism in his local area.
“We took a decision in the Council to provide general play areas in as many of the rural and urban communities as possible. We wanted general play areas that could be used by a wide use of children, and they have been well used and welcomed by all communities. It is a facility that can be used in good and bad weather. I would condemn vandalism anywhere. What the vandals are doing is taking something partially or completely out of use, and harming the community. I would call upon those individuals to put their resources into something more useful for themselves and the community.”
Referring to the method of the vandalism, Cllr Irvine continued, “Somebody has used that type of tool to carry out damage, there is a preconceived notion there to cause the damage, it is premeditated. That is a worrying issue, that someone has thought this through and wreck the play park.”
Police would ask that anyone with information contact 101 quoting reference 870 17/07/17, or if you wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Robert (Bob) Maher is 77 and was last seen at 6pm last night (Tuesday).

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