Vandals strike at newly refurbished Letchworth park

VANDALS have struck at a newly refurbished park, two weeks after its reopening.

VANDALS have struck at a newly refurbished park, two weeks after its reopening.

Howard Park in Letchworth GC, which has undergone a �2.7m renovation, suffered from a number of acts of vandalism at some point between Friday and Sunday.

Tiles were damaged on the roof of the new kiosk and public toilet building, and graffiti was sprayed on a newly fitted bench, as well as a pathway around the new paddling pool and water feature.

The graffiti has subsequently been removed and the tiles replaced, and the incidents have been reported to the police.

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North Herts District Council (NHDC) is now asking for people to help them prevent further damage to the area.

John Robinson, NHDC’s strategic director of customer services, said: “Since it opened earlier this month, the warm weather has seen many local people out and enjoying the newly-refurbished Howard Park. Sadly, a thoughtless minority have already caused damage to the area.

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“We will do all we can to prevent the park becoming a victim of vandalism and take any such acts, including graffiti, very seriously. In order to help reduce antisocial behaviour, areas of the park are covered by CCTV and regularly patrolled by park staff.

“Meanwhile, I would ask users of parks in North Herts, and those who live nearby, to report acts of vandalism taking place to the police immediately on 999. To report any damage or graffiti found in one of the parks maintained by us, call us on 01462 474000.”

Neighbourhood sergeant Simon Turner added: “We are aware of the vandalism which has taken place in this area and we have increased patrols in the area as a result.

“We are also keen to speak to anyone who has information about or who witnessed the incident. If you know anything about the crime please contact the community team in Letchworth on the police non-emergency number 101.”

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