‘Mindless’ attack on toddlers’ park
Playgroup garden targeted for third time
Dalbeattie Playgroup has been the subject of an “absolutely sickening” attack by vandals.
Yobs broke into the group’s base, which is in the grounds of the old primary school, over the weekend and wreaked havoc with the garden and outdoor music station.
It follows incidents last year when the building was broken into twice inside a month.
Playgroup manager Stacey McKerrow said: “It is a nightmare for the staff. They are having to come in each morning to make sure everything is safe for the children.
“We have locked all the perimeter gates so they must be climbing the walls to get in.
“We have found dog dirt in the garden before and there has also been broken glass.
“It is so disheartening and frustrating as we are trying to create an environment for the children.”
The youngsters had been working outside creating a music station with pots and pan. That was damaged while pinnies from the messy station were pulled down.
Stacey said: “The children have been doing work with pallets. On one pallet they’d attached pot lids to make a xylophone and one member of staff came in on Friday and someone had untied the ribbon.
“There were other pallets that had been distributed in the big field next to Islecroft.
“We were holding our summer fete on Sunday and when we came in to set up in the morning we discovered that all the pots had disappeared and we can’t find them.”
Local councillor Rob Davidson was disgusted by the latest incident.
He said: “After everything the playgroup has gone through moving to different premises and their role is on the up, this is absolutely sickening. It is mindless vandalism.
“They have done an excellent job and for this to happen is absolutely disgraceful.
“I think the people that did this need to have a look at themselves – what sort of person vandalises a toddlers’ playpark? It’s ridiculous.”
Councillor Davidson said one possible way to combat the vandalism was to re-open a path through the school grounds that is used by dog walkers as the presence of members of the public could help act as a deterrent.
Upset Playgroup children with Stacey McKerrow beside their outside music installation which was vandalised at the weekend