Trampolines latest target of park yobs

The trampolines at Stanley Park have been ripped up by youths breaking into the compound and misusing the equipment after hours.

The trampolines at Stanley Park have been ripped up by youths breaking into the compound and misusing the equipment after hours.

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Yobs have caused thousands of pounds of damage to trampolines and motor-powered boats in the latest spate of attacks at a Blackpool park.

It is believed youths are scaling a six-foot fence at Stanley Park to get to the trampolines, near to the clock tower, after hours, and are jumping on them while riding skateboards and scooters.

The incidents, which have been happening for the last two weeks, are causing huge rips in the material, rendering the trampolines useless.

Someone is also thought to have used a boat or a dinghy to get to the “bumper boats” in the middle of the park’s boating lake and sunk them overnight on Wednesday.

Concessions employee Christine Barker said the boats would cost £3,000 to replace because of the engines on them, and the two trampolines would cost up to £1,000 to repair.

She said: “We have recovered the boats, but we won’t be able to use them.

“It’s just not fair.”
Mrs Barker said she had been coming into the park after the concessions kiosk had closed to make sure nothing was being vandalised.

“We’re just not able to catch them,” she said.

Both the trampolines and the boats are still open as not all the equipment has been damaged. Police have confirmed they are looking into the criminal damage. A spokeswoman said: “The unknown offenders are believed to be youths who are entering the locked and secured trampoline compound outside of business hours by scaling a six-foot fence. The negligence of their actions are causing damage.”

Anyone who has seen the trampolines being wrecked, or with any information, is asked to call police on 101.

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Damage comes as clown statue is repaired – again

Damage to Stanley Park’s trampolines and vessels in the boating lake come as the newly-installed statue of Blackpool clown Charlie Cairoli is repaired for the second time.

Unveiled last month, the statue has suffered two bouts of vandalism - the first just 10 days after several people gathered to see it for the first time, and the latest only last week.

A petition has been launched in a bid to have the monument moved from the park’s Rose Garden to a safer place, and removed in the meantime.

Click here to read moe on this story: ’MOVE CHARLIE BEFORE HE GETS TRASHED AGAIN

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