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Fury as Cotmanhay play area vandals strike again

Erewash Borough Council has blasted the criminals who did this.
Erewash Borough Council has blasted the criminals who did this.

Play area vandals have struck for the fourth time in Cotmanhay.

Erewash Borough Council staff attended Cotmanhay Playing Fields on Monday to discover arsonists had trashed a basket swing.

The latest crime is believed to have happened over the weekend and leaves the council facing a bill of about £2,000 to replace the swing and repair the damaged safety surfacing underneath.

Councillor Mike Wallis, the council's lead member for culture and leisure, said: "I’m afraid the time has come when it is very, very difficult for me to find the words that adequately describe the frustration, anger and disappointment I feel as we face clearing up more mindless vandalism at our Cotmanhay play areas.

"Barely a month ago nearly £1,200 worth of damage was caused at Beauvale Drive and I said at the time that it may be that we remove the basket swing altogether. Now this happens. These are financially challenging times for local authorities and until someone from the local community comes forward and helps us with the names of those responsible we will not be replacing the basket swings.

"We feel, of course, for those who enjoy and use the basket swings properly. But nearly £3,500 worth of damage within a month? It is mindless vandalism and it can't go on."

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.