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Village playground trashed twice in one week

PUBLISHED: 15:55 19 February 2019

Play equipment vandalised at the play area on Manor Road in Long Stratton. PHOTO: Long Stratton Parish Council

Play equipment vandalised at the play area on Manor Road in Long Stratton. PHOTO: Long Stratton Parish Council

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A community has reacted with disgust after a children's play area was vandalised for the second time in a week.

Saplings ripped out at the play area on Manor Road in Long Stratton. PHOTO: Long Stratton Parish CouncilSaplings ripped out at the play area on Manor Road in Long Stratton. PHOTO: Long Stratton Parish Council

The bin was pulled off the fence, the roundabout seat broken, the children’s house kicked, the bench pulled up, and fence posts were kicked out at the Manor Road play area in Long Stratton last night.

Town parish clerk Becky Buck said it comes after ‘extensive’ vandalism to the children’s house on February 14. She said: “If you know who is responsible please call 101 as I have reported the matter to the police and CCTV will be viewed.

“A few small-minded people are destroying facilities for children and your precept is being wasted in repairs. Remain vigilant.”

Parents took to social media to condemn the vandalism, which comes during the February half-term school holidays.

The play area on Manor Road in Long Stratton has been vandalised for a second time. PHOTO: Long Stratton Parish CouncilThe play area on Manor Road in Long Stratton has been vandalised for a second time. PHOTO: Long Stratton Parish Council

Joanna Toll said: “Our small children that love to have a play after school now can’t because of these small-minded people.”

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