Fury at vandal gang rampage through park

Vandals struck last week in Anchorsholme Park, uprooting flowers and damaging the zip wire ride, but local councillors Paul Galley and Tony Williams have made sure that disruption was kept to a minimum by arranging for re-planting and repairs.'Paul (left) and Tony next to the zip wire, back in use by local children.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'25-7-2013

Vandals struck last week in Anchorsholme Park, uprooting flowers and damaging the zip wire ride, but local councillors Paul Galley and Tony Williams have made sure that disruption was kept to a minimum by arranging for re-planting and repairs.'Paul (left) and Tony next to the zip wire, back in use by local children. PIC BY ROB LOCK'25-7-2013

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A pack of teenagers who rampaged through a park tearing up flowers and destroying equipment were today branded “barbarians” by devastated park users.

The youths, believed to be aged between 17 and 18, trashed a zip wire and ripped flowers out of the ground in Anchorsholme Park on Tuesday, just days after residents had planted them.

Coun Paul Galley, ward councillor for Anchorsholme,saw the vandals in the act, but says he did not approach them in case he was attacked. He said: “There was a gang of 17 to 18-year-olds who were pulling the flowers up and chucking them everywhere.

“We had only planted them on Friday with the Friends’ group and I wanted to go over and say something, but my girlfriend pulled me away. I was really upset.”

Blackpool Council repaired the zip wire the following day, but the group is relying on others to donate new flowers, which are due to be replanted today.

Coun Galley added: “They are barbarians, which is what they represent, but everyone is coming together to fix it.”

Val Bradford, vice chairman of Friends of Anchorsholme Park, said: “It’s soul destroying and you couldn’t approach them because they were big lads. It’s very disheartening when we’ve worked so hard.

“All the ladies had made an effort to go there and plant them and we were given the flowers by people and we desperately need more.”

Over the past 18 months, more than £25,000 has been spent on revamping the park to bring in more visitors.

Police are investigating.

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