PEOPLE are being warned to be ‘extra vigilant’ after newly refurbished sporting equipment was damaged by yobs.
Conor Wileman, who represents the Burton Tower division on Staffordshire County Council, hit out at those responsible for wrecking basketball nets at Newton Park, Winshill, and proclaimed that it ‘can never be right to destroy someone else’s fun’.
His thoughts have been echoed by senior figures at East Staffordshire Borough Council, and the public are being urged to help ‘bring those responsible to justice’.
Councillor Wileman said: “The nets were requested by a resident and, working with the borough council, we were able to put up some new nets, chained nets that would hopefully stand up to any attempted vandalism.
“These have now been brought down by what seems an act of vandalism too.
“Often, councils are criticised for not providing enough facilities or reacting to residents’ requests, but on two occasions the borough council spent a significant amount of money to improve Tower Road park, in Brizlincote Valley, for young children and we were able to buy some nets for basketball.
“The least one can expect is for the facilities and equipment to be respected by all the community.
“I would urge residents to keep watch and report any other acts of vandalism to the police.
“It can never be right to destroy someone else’s fun for no reason at all.
“We all want to see more facilities in our communities, but I’m sure councils would rather spend money on new facilities rather than repairing ones damaged by certain individuals.”
Dennis Fletcher, deputy leader for built environment at the borough council and Winshill parish councillor, said: “It’s very disappointing to see that facilities that the council provide have been vandalised by a small minority.
“The actions of a few individuals have spoiled these facilities for the majority.
“The council will endeavour to make the necessary repairs as soon as possible, and I would also encourage anyone with any information to let the council or the police know as soon as possible.”
Anyone with details about the vandalism is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.