Playing field vandals ‘completely mindless’

Mike King observes the vandalism
Mike King observes the vandalism
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Vandals who wrecked a skate ramp and ripped out fencing at Billingborough’s playing fields have been branded “completely mindless”, by village leaders.

Thousands of pounds of damage was left at Billinborough Recreation Grounds in Horbling Road where a wooden skate ramp was smashed to pieces between Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8.

The vandals also flattened fencing at Billingborough Cricket Club and smashed glass bottles across the village’s main play area for children and teenagers.

Dennis Pell, chairman of Billingborough Cricket Club, said: “The amount of damage done is unbelievable and it’s a shame that these people have to take it out on facilities that are hard to come by.

“It’s just wanton destruction and even though it’s nothing new, it’s a soil on the village we can do without.

“The recreation grounds are in a bit of an isolated spot that’s difficult to police.

“But we’re responsible for the cost of the fencing damage that we’ve got and it’s just another expense that we can ill afford.”

Parish councillors have taken the decision to remove the skate ramp from the grounds for safety reasons, although they may consider replacing it.

Coun Mike King, chairman of Billingborough Parish Council, said: “We’re very proud of the recreation ground and the cricket club which has been very successful.

“But sometimes it’s two steps forward and one step back.

“This is such a shame because the skate ramp has been here for about four years and it’s used by kids aged from about eight to 12.

“We’ve made the decision to remove the whole thing, which isn’t easy because it has a big frame to it.

“But we couldn’t really do anything else because leaving it like it is is dangerous.

“It’s completely mindless vandalism and there’s no gain from it whatsoever with there not being any youth club here nowadays.

“The parish council tries to do what it can for young people and tries to invest in recreational facilities.

“But our precept is only £13,000 a year and we have to look after a village with 1,400 people in it.

“I deeply regret spending a lot of the village’s money on just repairing things.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 – then please quote incident number 166 of March 9.