Grimsby Telegraph - - Front Page - By Pe­ter Craig pe­ter.craig@reach­

PETROL was poured into a com­mu­nity gar­den pond, killing 10 fish on Thurs­day night.

The dev­as­tat­ing scene at Grant Thorold Park, Grimsby was dis­cov­ered by East Marsh ward coun­cil­lor Steve Beas­ant.

He has ded­i­cated hun­dreds of hours of his free time cre­at­ing the com­mu­nity gar­den off Hum­ber­stone Road, known as Buf­falo Bill Pocket Park.

As soon as he dis­cov­ered the mas­sacre in the pond, he im­me­di­ately tried to save some of the fish. Thanks to his quick ac­tions two of the larger gold fish were res­cued and placed into clean wa­ter.

But around 10 fish have died.

Coun­cil­lor Beas­ant and helper Gra­ham Ed­wards set about clean­ing and de­con­tam­i­nat­ing the pond. Grant Thorold Park does not have as acute a prob­lem with moped rid­ers re-fu­elling stolen mo­tor­cy­cles , as at Peo­ple’s Park.

It has been used as a pit-stop for re-fu­elling be­cause the moped men­aces are un­able to get fuel for stolen mopeds at petrol sta­tions.

Coun­cil­lor Beas­ant said he was baf­fled why any­one would pour petrol into a fish pond, which is clearly marked and en­joyed by hun­dreds of young peo­ple.

“It is bonkers. They have de­stroyed the en­vi­ron­ment and stopped the en­joy­ment of young­sters," he said. He added: “The beauty of it was that there is a me­tal lid which the chil­dren can stand on to feed the fish the fish. They talk to them. “What en­joy­ment has some­one got from pour­ing petrol into the pond killing the fish? “Some­one has walked into the park with petrol and just poured it in to cause max­i­mum dam­age. I can’t un­der­stand their men­tal­ity. It is crazy. They need to hold their heads in shame.” Coun­cil­lor Beas­ant said the fish had been do­nated by mem­bers of the pub­lic when the pond and gar­den were built two years ago.

It was named after the leg­endary Amer­i­can, Buf­falo Bill, after he brought his road­show to Grimsby. Jo Barnes, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Care4All, based at the for­mer Grant Thorold li­brary said: “It is aw­ful. Steve has spent a lot of his time cre­at­ing and look­ing after the Pocket Park and we got grants for it. But we have had totems knocked over, fences de­stroyed and ta­bles and benches van­dalised.” The pond was drained and the lin­ing scrubbed. Coun­cil­lor Beas­ant and Mr Ed­wards said the pond will have to be de­con­tam­i­nated be­cause of the toxic ef­fects of petrol on fish.

The pond will also need new weeds.

The crim­i­nal dam­age has been re­ported to Hum­ber­side Po­lice.

Ten fish have been killed at the Buf­falo Bill Pocket Park, Grant Thorold Park in Grimsby, after petrol was poured into the pond. Pic­tured are, from left, Jo Barnes from Care 4 All, Coun­cil­lor Steve Beas­ant, and gar­dener Gra­ham Ed­wards.

Coun­cil­lor Steve Beas­ant starts drain­ing the pond after 10 fish were killed at the Buf­falo Bill Pocket Park, Grant Thorold Park in Grimsby.

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