Coun­cil af­ter poop smear­ers

Fa­ther sus­pects teens

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCONNELL

Aotea par­ents are con­cerned af­ter a mys­tery poop smearer has been tar­get­ing park slides.

The poop­er­trater has struck three times in the past two weeks, twice at the Aotea Jas­mine Un­der­hill Re­serve and once at Aotea La­goon.

Stay- at- home fa­ther of four Mike Al­gar lives two min­utes from Jas­mine Un­der­hill Re­serve and takes his boys there most days.

‘‘A lot of kids go to that park,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m sure they [Porirua City Coun­cil] clean it up prop­erly, but still, you wouldn’t want kids get­ting sick be­cause they went on a slide.’’

He has lived there for six years and had never pre­vi­ously had a prob­lem at the park.

He sus­pected it was teenagers be­ing stupid.

‘‘It’s not nice. Ob­vi­ously they think it’s funny or some­thing. It can’t be some­one who has kids.’’

Porirua City Coun­cil leisure as­sets and ser­vices con­tracts manager Bill Inge said the coun­cil were hop­ing to catch the poop smearer, who ap­peared to strike at night.

‘‘It’s some­one be­ing crafty. It’s a strange thing to do, but there are strange peo­ple around,’’ he said.

‘‘We don’t want it to be­come a habit.

‘‘When you take your kids to the park you want them to be safe.’’

Inge en­cour­aged peo­ple to call in if they saw any­thing and said coun­cil was quick to re­spond and would clean it as soon as it was day­light.

‘‘We think it’s dog [poop], but with­out spend­ing a lot of money we can’t tell for sure.’’

He said coun­cil checked play­grounds once a week, but the ex­tra work caused by the of­fender was cost­ing ratepay­ers money.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCONNELL

– Bill Inge

Stink sit­u­a­tion: Bray­den, left, and Brody Al­gar with their fa­ther Mike at the slide in Aotea.

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