Vandals leave paint and poo in the park

BLUE FOOTPRINTS: Part of the bandstand at Flinders Park.
BLUE FOOTPRINTS: Part of the bandstand at Flinders Park.
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Vandals plastered a park’s bandstand in blue paint and wrecked a Wendy House – wasting cash raised by volunteers from Donington’s IDEA group.

IDEA member Jane King said £1,000 was raised at a fireworks night but immediately £400 of that has gone just to put the Wendy House right.

She said: “We get a big bill because of health and safety – we have to inspect it each time.”

Donington-based specialists Bates Environmental cleared the paint, but some may remain on clothes worn by the culprits.

IDEA’s Peter Lorimer said there were hand and shoe prints, suggesting “whoever did it would have had paint on their clothing afterwards”.

Other incidents have included:

l Someone pooing on a park bench

l Damage to plants and trees

l Graffiti

IDEA members are working with police to prosecute offenders and want the public to report incidents on 101.