Police patrols bid to tackle park vandals

Councillors Tony Williams (left) and Paul Galley, who has welcomed the fact new patrols will be stepped up.
Councillors Tony Williams (left) and Paul Galley, who has welcomed the fact new patrols will be stepped up.
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Police patrols are to be stepped up in a bid to stop vandals trashing a Blackpool park after youths ripped flowers out of the ground and damaged a zip wire.

Officers have agreed to patrol Anchorsholme Park over the coming weeks to protect improvement work which has been carried out by volunteers over the past 18 months.

It comes after Coun Paul Galley, ward councillor for Anchorsholme on Blackpool Council, caught a group of youths – believed to be aged between 17 and 18 – vandalising areas of the park earlier this week.

He said: “The police have told me they will patrol the park at night for the rest of the summer.

“It wasn’t kids doing this, it was young men and I hope it’s just a one-off and they were only passing through and thought they would attack the park, but we are not going to stand for it.

“They crossed the line and we are going to stop them.”

The zip wire was fixed 24 hours after being damaged in the incident on Tuesday and the flowers will be re-planted today.

The attack came just days after improvement work at the park was completed.

Val Bradford, vice chairman of Friends of Anchorsholme Park, added: “I’m really glad it’s being protected from the people who are going in there and doing this.”

A police spokeswoman said: “We will be patrolling the park for the foreseeable future.

“Anyone with information about any incidents should call 101.”

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