Call for more patrols at vandal-hit park

Glynn Lyons, site gardener for Wellholme Park, Phillip Schofield, area manager for safer, cleaner greener team and councillor Colin Stout at Wellholme Park in front of the vandlism there
Glynn Lyons, site gardener for Wellholme Park, Phillip Schofield, area manager for safer, cleaner greener team and councillor Colin Stout at Wellholme Park in front of the vandlism there

COUNCILLORS are asking for police patrols to be stepped up in Wellholme Park after vandals ripped up play equipment and left a trial of destruction.

Several pieces of equipment were damaged and others in the play area were defaced by graffiti in an act of mindless vandalism.

The incident has sparked major concerns from Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) who says he will be approaching Inspector Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team.

“We need to get extra police patrols and park rangers until we find out who is doing this and get over this phase of vandalism,” he said. “This park is always busy with children and it is a shame that it has got to be spoilt by mindless vandalism.

“I was approached by some of the youngsters who play on the skate park and they have asked if we can sort out the lighting because one doesn’t work and the other is going the same way. The introduction of temporary close circuit television has also been suggested.”

He suggested to area manager for safer cleaner greener, Philip Schofield, the possibility of putting on some anti-graffiti spray which would prevent people from vandalising the area. Some of the graffiti has been removed.

No further problems have been reported to the council from this weekend but during the last incident there was damage to the toddlers’ slide and a number of other rides.