Vandals run riot in Minehead

Vandals run riot in Minehead

Vandals run riot in Minehead

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ANGER is growing over vandals who are attacking schools, play areas and other public spaces in Minehead.

The latest incident this week saw bottles and glass strewn over the field and playground at St Michael’s Primary School.

A caretaker and volunteers had to clean up on Tuesday morning, and a warning was sent out to families planning to use the newly-opened swimming pool to watch out for broken glass.

A fortnight ago, broken glass was left on play equipment at the Irnham Road recreation ground, while there have also been reports of vandals targeting the bowling club and the park in King George Road, and tearing up floral displays in the town.

Tracey Sweetland, of the St Michael’s Parent Teacher Association, labelled the vandals who targeted the school overnight on Monday as “mindless” and said the broken bottles had caused a hazard.

There was strong reaction on social media in Minehead with Facebook users criticising the vandals and highlighting other similar incidents.

Rachel Coles wrote: “Makes me sick – have these people got nothing better to do? “It’s the same in the park in King George Road. Cans, broken bottles and, my friend said, used needles.

“I’m afraid some parts of town are being used by a few idiots who don’t care what they do.”

Minehead Town Council spokeswoman Sue Sanders said: “The council spent over £50,000 on new play equipment and in Irnham Road we’ve had to put anti-vandal paint on the toilet roof to stop people throwing bottles at the bowling club.

“It’s soul-destroying when floral displays in the town are torn up.”

Town councillor Valerie Welch said: “I’m appalled that people are doing this – as a council we’ve spent a lot of money on the play areas.”

Fellow town councillor Gary Miele said the problem was not unique to Minehead.

He said: “The vandalism at the school concerns a lot of people because it’s used regularly. “The police are doing all they can and their detection rate is very good.”

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6:23pm Thu 7 Aug 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

Couldn't be bothered to go and take a photo of the actual damage so used yet another irrelevant stock photo. It's not like they've got anything better to do...
Couldn't be bothered to go and take a photo of the actual damage so used yet another irrelevant stock photo. It's not like they've got anything better to do... GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 18

2:02am Sat 9 Aug 14

iamagnome says...

I live by 1 of the parks, an found that the bottles an cans are left by fully grown adults during daylight hours ( in the children's play area ).. Well if you can call them that...

As for the kids that like to wonder around in the dead of night.. They seem to be quieter than the adults..

But in both cases it would be nice to have more patrols of schools an parks from our under staffed police force in minehead
I live by 1 of the parks, an found that the bottles an cans are left by fully grown adults during daylight hours ( in the children's play area ).. Well if you can call them that... As for the kids that like to wonder around in the dead of night.. They seem to be quieter than the adults.. But in both cases it would be nice to have more patrols of schools an parks from our under staffed police force in minehead iamagnome
  • Score: 5

6:54am Sat 9 Aug 14

ladybird14 says...

i am nearly 40 now but when we used to go out drinking in Minehead on a weekend we never used to things like this . It sounds like c.c.t.v is needed to catch them and make them clear up and pay for damage done it makes me sick all the hard work people put in to make our areas look nice and some louts do this they should get tags/times to be in if they want to be treated like a child and bands from the areas
i am nearly 40 now but when we used to go out drinking in Minehead on a weekend we never used to things like this . It sounds like c.c.t.v is needed to catch them and make them clear up and pay for damage done it makes me sick all the hard work people put in to make our areas look nice and some louts do this they should get tags/times to be in if they want to be treated like a child and bands from the areas ladybird14
  • Score: 3

4:26pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Dunfo87 says...

webbed feet land with a sprinkle of the north in butlins
webbed feet land with a sprinkle of the north in butlins Dunfo87
  • Score: -7

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