Vandals spray sports pavilion

POLICE are appealing for people to come forward with information after a popular sports pavilion was targeted by graffiti artists.'The unwelcomed artwork appeared on the sports pavilion at Cottom Hall on Blackpool Old Road between Thursday 15th and Friday 16th March. '

POLICE are appealing for people to come forward with information after a popular sports pavilion was targeted by graffiti artists.'The unwelcomed artwork appeared on the sports pavilion at Cottom Hall on Blackpool Old Road between Thursday 15th and Friday 16th March. '

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A COMMUNITY has spoken of its fury after a sports pavilion was desecrated by vandals.

The building on Cottam Hall playing fields off Blackpool Old Road, Poulton was daubed with drug related graffiti earlier this month.

The offenders have written ‘chill out skin up’ and the words ‘just buzzin’ using various colours of paint.

Police are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

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Community Beat manager, PC Andrea Banks, said: “This is criminal damage on a building that is regularly used by local youth football and cricket teams and I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this graffiti being drawn or with any information that could assist with our investigation to contact police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

“The graffiti includes a picture of a cartoon cat’s head and a mouse with the tag JB and the words such as ‘chill out skin up’.

“I am confident that someone will know the persons responsible and if anyone has any information id urge them to do the right thing and contact us.”

Tithebarn ward councillor, Lesley McKay, said she was disgusted by the graffiti.

She said: “It is so sad because we never get problems on the field, we don’t want to see it start now.

“It is just so upsetting, it looks awful and will cost the council money to remove it and make any repairs.

“The drug references are disgusting, there are young children playing football on the fields – they should not be exposed to it.”

Coun McKay said graffiti had also been reported in Vicarage Park, Poulton.

She added: “We voiced our concerns over the closure of our police station – this is why.

“I hope police step up patrols near the playing fields and we catch whoever has done this.”

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting crime reference number is BC1201198.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not have to go to court.