Fury as shelter is wrecked by yobs

Coun Angela Jacques surveys the damage to the bus shelter by Heeley Road park, St Annes.
Coun Angela Jacques surveys the damage to the bus shelter by Heeley Road park, St Annes.
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YOBS who smashed up a bus shelter have come under fire for carrying out “wanton vandalism”.

It is the third time vandals have targeted the shelter on Heeley Road, St Annes – and this time glass was left shattered across the pavement just yards from a children’s play area.

And now one local councillor has said she is “disgusted” by the vandals actions.

Coun Angela Jacques cleaned up the mess after discovering the shattered glass on Saturday morning.

She said: “It looked like a child’s buggy abandoned at the scene had been used to smash the panels in the shelter and the glass was strewn all over the pavement and road.

“I swept up the remains because I couldn’t leave it like that because it was all over the pavement and you couldn’t walk anywhere. It could have hurt a dog or a child.

“And it could have got in car tyres as well. It was dangerous.”

Every single one of the clear glass panels on the shelter was smashed in the vandal attack, which happened on Friday evening.

Coun Jacques said residents in the area had raised concerns about youngsters hanging around the street and in the shelter. She added: “It has clearly been deliberately done it’s stupid, they are just plain stupid.”

Coun Jacques now hopes youngsters in the area will see the damage they have caused and think about the consequences of their actions.

And she hopes parents will also ensure they are taking responsibility for their children’s behaviour if they are out at night.

She added: “They should think about the consequences of their criminal action and the misery they cause others.”

And PCSO Oliver Boardman said work had already taken place to keep youngsters off the streets with a youth bus, which attends on Friday nights.

He added: “We are aware of concerns around youth nuisance in the area and we’re doing a lot of work with young people and young person’s services who run the youth club.

“We also have a dedicated anti-social behaviour car which patrols hot-spots including Heeley Road.”

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