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Fears over problems in Sutton Bridge parks

Fears have been raised that a child could be seriously injured - after reports of violence and vandalism in two village parks.

Sutton Bridge Westmere Primary School head teacher Karyn Wiles is warning parents not to let their children go unsupervised to a play park in Princes Street, following reports of fights there.

Problems have also been seen in the village’s Memorial Park, where vandalism left a veteran close to tears.

Fears have been raised about violence in Sutton Bridge
Fears have been raised about violence in Sutton Bridge

Calls have been made to use CCTV to stamp out issues - and Sutton Bridge Parish Council is also asking police and South Holland District Council’s community wardens to attend the area to tackle the problems.

Head teacher Miss Wiles urged parents not to let children go to Princes Street alone following reports that threats were made to bring knives there. She has said there is no evidence that knives were actually brought to the park.

In a school Facebook post, Miss Wiles said: “We have reported issues to the local police, as we are increasingly concerned about the level of violence and secondary school children threatening to bring knives to the park.

Concerns have been raised about issues in Sutton Bridge parks
Concerns have been raised about issues in Sutton Bridge parks

“My suggestion would be that your children should not go to the park unsupervised at this time.

“Bullying allegations that happen in school are dealt with immediately – once we are aware.

“However, we are powerless to deal with incidents that happen outside of school but we are noticing that some children are now bringing these issues and conflicts into school.

“Without your support, I am really concerned that a child could become seriously injured at the park.”

Speaking yesterday, Miss Wiles said children were exceptionally well behaved in school.

She said: “We have had a meeting with our PCSO Dave Walker about coming in to speak to the children about keeping safe when outside.”

Issues at the Memorial Park, which include broken glass bottles being buried, and damaged memorial benches, were raised during this week’s parish council meeting.

On Tuesday, members were told that two benches are usable and there were reports of yobs ripping wood off.

Coun Ray Perkins said: “As an ex-squaddie, I nearly cried when I saw the state of that. Kids were ripping wood off and hitting equipment with it.”

The need for increased CCTV was becoming “acute for the safety of the children and residents,” said Coun Terry York.

He said: “We have a duty and a responsibility. We should be looking at increasing the quantity and quality of CCTV coverage.”

After the meeting, South Holland district councillor Michael Booth said the knife claims were concerning.

He said: “It is serious and something has got to be done fairly quickly before someone is hurt.”

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