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Long Sutton play area remains closed while vandalism attack is cleaned up

Families are being urged to stay away from play equipment in a Long Sutton park while a vandalism attack is cleared up.

Long Sutton Parish Council has reopened a number of its play areas but is keeping a cordon in place around the small children’s equipment in Winfrey Park.

The council have been trying to clear up green glass which had been smashed on the green safety covering around this equipment.

The cordon is broken in Long Sutton's Winfrey Park (33037612)
The cordon is broken in Long Sutton's Winfrey Park (33037612)

Council chairman Coun John Clarey is asking people to stay away from the equipment and is considering uisng suction equipment to catch all of the glass particles.

He said: “We have cleared it up but we still do not think it is safe for small children to be there and that is why it is still closed.

“We have sealed it off it and we are not happy for people to go in there as much as we want to let people in there.”

Cherry trees which were planted in Long Sutton have been vandalised (35755442)
Cherry trees which were planted in Long Sutton have been vandalised (35755442)

The town has been plagued with a series of anti-social behaviour incidents during the lockdown with security tape around play areas being ripped off.

A row of 11 trees in Winfrey Park which had been planted by the parish council to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War were damaged while another was dug up.

There have also been reports of around 20 youths hanging around the Market Street area.

Coun Clarey said that the council is considering bringing in a private security firm to help patrol the areas.

He said: “I have spoken to one or two security people.

“We need someone to patrol the area and we will pay for it.”

Members of the council will be meeting for the first time in four months on Thursday. While the meeting is not open to the public, councillors will be holding a face-to-face meeting in the council offices.

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