Anguish over graffiti yobs at Rock site

Graffiti at the Devonshire Road Rock Gardens
Graffiti at the Devonshire Road Rock Gardens
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Hundreds of pounds of damage was caused to a Blackpool beauty spot after vandals daubed it with graffiti.

Volunteers were shocked to see symbols and slogans had been scrawled on the walls and doors of The Vista at the Devonshire Road Rock Gardens in Bispham.

It is the second attack in less than six months at the gardens after yobs smashed stone steps in May.

Ward councillor Christine Wright said: “I was near to tears when I saw the graffiti all over the beautiful brickwork, and the doors which had only just been restained.

“I don’t know how anyone justifies such wanton vandalism.

“It is devastating after all the hard work the volunteers have put into making the rock gardens a nice place to visit.”

Ann Park, a member of the Friends of the Devonshire Road Rock Gardens, said: “After the latest attack by vandals on our beloved rock garden’s Vista, I feel heartbroken and devastated.

“It is beyond belief so much effort has gone into destroying all the hard work by our councillors and members of the Friends of the Devonshire Road Rock Gardens, and the community as a whole. But it will not deter our aims and objectives.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said around £300 of damage had been caused.

He added: “We were called around 2.30pm on November 4 to reports of criminal damage at the Rock Gardens.

“It is believed some time between 10.30am on November 3 and 2pm on November 4 unknown offenders have approached an outbuilding and sprayed a large amount of graffiti on walls.

“Officers believe some of the writing to be Eastern European.”

Anyone with information can contact the police on 101 quoting crime reference number WD1505521.