Ilkeston park targeted by vandals - AGAIN!

The damage to the bandstand at Ilkeston's Victoria Park.
The damage to the bandstand at Ilkeston's Victoria Park.

A councillor has slammed mindless vandals who have struck again at Ilkeston’s Victoria Park.

The vandals smashed glass panels, damaged paintwork and woodwork at the park’s newly-refurbished bandstand on Sunday evening.

The damage to the bandstand at Ilkeston's Victoria Park.

The damage to the bandstand at Ilkeston's Victoria Park.

Erewash Borough Council has leafleted nearby properties asking if anyone saw or heard anything in an attempt to identify the vandals involved.

Councillor Mike Wallis, the authority’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “I don’t think anyone could find the words that adequately sum up the anger, frustration, disbelief and disappointment we feel at this vandalism.

“Victoria Park is much loved by the local community and we have received many compliments for the restored key features within the Green Flag park.

“We need local people to help us fight this problem – we can’t do it alone.

“Please be our eyes and ears and tell us or the police if you know who is destroying this historic feature of the park.”

The park is currently undergoing major restoration work on key features after the council secured £740,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

As part of the heritage project, a new Community Ranger, Helen Mitchem, has been appointed and she is keen to hear from residents who would like to join the Friends of Victoria Park or join her as volunteer rangers to help be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the park.

Anyone interested can email helen.mitchem@erewash.gov.uk or call her on 0115 907 2244.

Police are appealing for anyone with information concerning the vandalism in the park to contact them on 101, quoting crime reference 17000062402.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.