Young Blackpool park vandals given a police warning

Highfield Road Park in South Shore was having its plants and shrubs being torn up
Highfield Road Park in South Shore was having its plants and shrubs being torn up
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A group of children have been warned about vandalism after a Blackpool park was being repeatedly damaged.

Highfield Road Park in South Shore was having its plants and shrubs being torn up by pupils, allegedly from Highfield Leadership Academy, earlier this month.

Last year stretches of wood fencing, which enclose a playground, were smashed by yobs.

Last year stretches of wood fencing, which enclose a playground, were smashed by yobs.

Following reports of the incidents happening, officers from Blackpool Police patrolled the park in order to try and catch the vandals in the act.

PCSO Clare Walker of Blackpool Police said they were made aware a group of children were being a ‘general nuisance to other park users’ and it was happening on a daily basis at a specific time.

PCSO Walker added: “With this in mind we patrolled the park the next day at that time alongside staff from one of the local schools.

“Luckily for ourselves and not themselves a group of children were there again causing similar issues. The children were all spoken to by both the police and the local school and parents have been made aware of their behaviour and the impact that it has on other park users.”

The park has been target previously. Last year stretches of wood fencing which enclose a playground, were smashed by yobs.

PCSO Walker added: “All local parks are patrolled on a regular basis and if there are any issues on any of the local parks please make contact with your local policing team.”

Gary Pennington, chairman of the Friends of Highfield Park, said; “I am more than happy with the response from both the police and the school.”

Andrew Galbraith, Principal of Highfield Leadership Academy, said: "Our school works closely with the Friends of Highfield Park, with pupils taking part in community work with them. When residents made the school aware of anti-social behaviour in the park, I attended the park to support local Police Officers with their patrol.

"Parents were informed of the incident by both the school and the police, and I have spoken to the pupils concerned. The school immediately implemented additional programmes across assemblies to highlight the impact that individual actions can have in the community.

"The school will continue to support the Friends of Highfield Park through its community programmes."