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Gravestones and village play equipment have been daubed with graffiti – and a children’s goal net damaged – by ‘mindless idiots’.

In recent weeks graffiti has been sprayed onto headstones at St Mary’s Churchyard in Pinchbeck – as well as on the new equipment at Rotten Row Playing Field.

The goal nets used by the South Lincolnshire Swifts Under 9s were also damaged – with Pinchbeck district councillors James Avery, Elizabeth Sneath and Sally Slade offering to replace them using their ward budgets.

The entrance to Rotten Row Playing Field, with the fort visible through the gates. (56337084)
The entrance to Rotten Row Playing Field, with the fort visible through the gates. (56337084)

It’s hoped that the new nets can be in place before the new football season.

New play equipment had been installed by the parish council at the Glebe and Rotten Row fields – and Leaveslake Drove in West Pinchbeck – in time for the school summer holidays as part of a drive to attract people into parks.

Coun Avery, who is also chairman of Pinchbeck Parish Council, said of the churchyard graffiti: “Sadly there are a small number of mindless idiots that do this kind of thing.

“If they have no respect for the dead, they certainly have no respect for the living, or for other peoples’ property.”

Pinchbeck has suffered from graffiti and vandalism issues
Pinchbeck has suffered from graffiti and vandalism issues

The parish council is looking at what it can do to prevent such anti-social behaviour – and police have vowed to work with councillors.

Inspector Nick Waters said: “We are aware of reports of damage at Rotten Row Playing Field and St Mary’s Churchyard in Pinchbeck. The local policing team are in contact with Pinchbeck Parish Council and will continue to work with partners to target these offenders.

“We would appeal for any information regarding those involved either by calling police on 101 or by contacting Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.”



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