Read­ers blast kids’ play area van­dals

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

READ­ERS have slammed those who torched swings at a chil­dren’s play area in Widnes.

Last week, the Weekly News re­ported that Kingsway’s Cllr An­drea Wall had blasted the ‘mind­less de­struc­tion’ caused by fire­bugs off Dun­dalk Road.

Cllr Wall said that a blue bin was set alight un­der­neath swings at a play area which had ‘melted’ into the soft sur­face un­der­neath.

The Labour coun­cil­lor later or­gan­ised a clean-up with vol­un­teers which in­cluded both the dam­aged play area and sur­round­ing fields, with bags of lit­ter col­lected.

Af­ter the story was pub­lished last week, read­ers took to the Weekly News Face­book page to ex­press their views on the in­ci­dent.

Grace Humphreys said: “I take my daugh­ter to this park. A friend told me about the van­dal­ism this week. The field area is also dis­re­spected, full of lit­ter and used for fly tip­ping.”

Glyn Davies said: “We has su­perb grass ten­nis courts on that very spot many years ago, never ever had any trou­ble. How times have changed, very sad.”

Kevin Pearce said: “This kind of thing is only go­ing to hap­pen more and more as the coun­cil bud­gets are cut.”

Cody Mil­lie said: “Dis­grace­ful, dis­gust­ing, dis­re­spect­ful, mind­less idiots!!!! They do not de­serve to have any­thing!!!!

“They don’t re­spect any­one or any­thing !!!! These idiots who are do­ing this!!!!!

“Not sur­prised at how they can act in such a dis­grace way!!!!”

Michael Kelly added: “They shouldn’t have to spend thou­sands on CCTV be­cause a mi­nor­ity of scum­bag van­dals think that set­ting parks on fire is fun. Peo­ple need to share these head­lines and I’m sure the power of so­cial me­dia will get the van­dals caught.”

Kayleigh Marie said: “They should be found out n made to get a job to pay for it or make the par­ents pay for the dam­age” ●

Ru­ined swings at the Dun­dalk Road play area

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