The Borough Council is appealing for witnesses after children’s play equipment in two Hinckley parks was hit by vandals in the last three weeks.
The first incident was in Wykin Park on the evening of Monday 28 September when vandals set a basket swing alight, irreparably damaging the swing and the safety floor underneath.
The second incident occurred in Swallows Green recreation ground between the evening of Monday 12 October and the early hours of Tuesday 13 October. Again vandals set a basket swing alight, irreparably damaging both the swing and six grass mats that form part of the safety surface underneath the swing.
The fire service was called to both incidents and the police have been informed, but so far no witnesses have come forward.
And in another incident this weekend, picnic tables at Burbage Common were set on fire and external doors and handles were damaged in the toilet block in the car park. In addition, vandals smashed the slab steps leading to the toilet block.
The police have been informed and the extension car park has been closed until further notice.
Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Mark Nickerson said: “I would urge anyone who has any information about these mindless attacks to come forward. The cost of replacing the ruined play equipment will be significant, and although that cost will be met through the council’s insurance policy, all taxpayers will bear the brunt of any increases in insurance premiums in the future.”
Anyone who witnessed the vandalism or who has any information is urged to contact Ian Pinfold on 01455 255858 or Tony Cunnington on 01455