‘Wanton’ damage at new play park

Children’s play equipment has been vandalised at a Kimberley park – less than a year after the site was given a £50,000 makeover.

More than £1,000 worth of damage has been caused to Knowle Park in Swingate and police say a Staffy was seen ‘biting and swinging from the equipment’.

Ian Wilson from Kimberley Town Council said: “We are rather upset about it. If it had been damaged by kids playing on it that would be different, but it’s wanton damage and it’s not acceptable.

“It’s terrible that someone has let a dog on the park that’s going to behave like that. What is the dog going to do if children are about?”

Kids at Kimberley Primary School spent months helping with the design of the park and choosing the equipment.

“That’s what makes it so much worse,” said Cllr Wilson.

“For someone to come along and do this is really unfair on the children.”

Pc Paul Toon is now looking into exactly how the damage was caused and who was responsible for it.

Cllr Wilson said they want to make sure it does not happen again, before they replace it.

Pc Toon said: “This has proved to be very popular with young people and parents alike.

“Unfortunately, Kimberley Town Council and the local police have received several reports of damage, in particular the rubber swing seats and the rubber bumper on the swinging basket.

“It is believed that this damage has been caused by a person or persons allowing their dog to bite the equipment.

“This is criminal damage and unacceptable.

The park refurbishment was funded by Nottinghamshire County Council, but replacement equipment will have to be funded by the town council because they are responsible for its maintenance.