Parks terrorised by ‘mindless idiots’

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Vandals have been dubbed ‘mindless idiots’ after they caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage in two local parks during destructive rampages.

Offenders terrorised the bowling green at Victoria Park, Ilkeston, on Monday July 14 and Tuesday July 15 when they tried to hack up turf, before returning the following evening (July 16) to rip up parts of the green.

Erewash Borough Council has appealed for residents to help track down those responsible.

Lead member for culture and leisure, Councillor Mike Wallace, said the vandalism and theft will not be tolerated.

He said: “I don’t know why these people are doing it, whether it’s just to be spiteful or to brag about it, but we need to get them caught and punished.

“It’s expensive and inconvenient midsummer madness and it just beggars belief.”

Vandalism has been an on-going problem for the bowling green over the years.

Back in 2003, members of the club were dealing with all kinds of mess on their green, including litter, bottles, cans and even drug syringes.

There was also an incident in which a bench, set in concrete at the side of the green, was wrenched out of the ground.

This prompted action and a 6ft wall was erected around the green to try and stop any further vandalism.

Cllr Wallis said: “We can take all the measures we like but if people are determined to get in, they’ll get in.

“The council parks team will repair the damage, but it will take a considerable amount of time to restore the bowling green.

“And who’s to say they won’t come back? I just hope they’ll be behind bars by then,” he added.

Victoria Park is not the only park to suffer attacks by vandals, with offenders causing a huge amount of damage to West Park in Long Eaton, in a similar rampage.

Two heavy-duty waste bins were ripped from their bases and a newly-planted Indian bean tree was snapped during an overnight attack earlier this month.

Cllr Wallis said: “We will put it right and fix the damage as quickly as we can, we’re determined not to let these mindless idiots win.”

Anyone with information can contact police on the non-emergency 101 number or the council on 0115 907 2244.