CCTV bid to stop the park vandals

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VOLUNTEERS tasked with making Donington a vibrant place to live are hoping CCTV can help prevent a growing number of anti-social behaviour incidents.

A second camera has been put up in Flinders Park by IDEA (Improving the Donington Environment for All) in a bid to identify and deter the culprits behind a series of incidents in the village.

In the last month, reports have included a hedge being set on fire, a picnic table smashed to pieces and a vegetable patch full of pumpkins almost destroyed.

Committee member Gill Lunn said the second camera had been in place a few weeks and would mean the group will be able to see the park at night.

She said: “The second camera was paid for through a grant to our voluntary park warden, Steve Pulfer.

“We thought it would be a good way of spending the money.”

Police believe it is more than one person responsible for the crimes in the park.

The hedge was set alight at about 2.15am on August 25, while the picnic table attacked in the evening of August 31.

Mrs Lunn said: “Steve keeps on top of the litter but there are the people who go in and make a mess and break things.

“We have had pumpkins growing in there for October and they smashed some of them.

“Donington in Bloom have removed the rest to a safe place before we lose the others.”

She added: “It’s such a shame because it’s a lovely space and people enjoy it. A few deface it and do not seem to think it matters.”

Mrs Lunn said the committee had also been told of people sleeping in Flinders Park and making noise through the night.

She said the police had been very supportive in trying to take action against the problems. “They really are good and are trying to help us more and more,” said Mrs Lunn. “But we now have to wait and hope they have something constructive to help us with it.”

nIDEA is looking for more volunteers to join its committee. Anyone interested should go along to its meetings, which are held on the first Monday of every month at Select Timber’s offices in Mill Lane, Donington.