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Spree of disorder and criminal damage in Crowland hits new £95,000 skate park under construction




Work on a new £95,000 skate park in Crowland has been disrupted by a wave of vandalism and disorder hitting the town.

Obscenities and initials were scrawled into concrete being used for the skate park on Snowden Playing Fields some time during the week.

The vandalism was just one of a series of incidents around Crowland in recent weeks during which a house in Reform Street had its window smashed at least three times.

Other incidents included eggs being thrown at the windows of a house in Peterborough Road where a front door was also damaged with a hammer, a man being verbally abused by youths in North Street and an attempt to set fire to children's play equipment, also on Snowden Playing Fields.

Coun David Ringham, chairman of Crowland Parish Council's amenities committee, said: "I firmly believe that we have a very serious criminal damage situation as far as the skate park and elsewhere in the town is concerned.

"It's taken us a considerable amount of time to put together this project for the benefit of the kids in Crowland and I'd like to put out an appeal to those kids who don't cause us any problems, along with their parents who are waiting on the sidelines to use the skate park.

"I'm so frustrated that my colleagues on the parish council are trying their hardest to provide good facilities and there are so many kids who will get so much pleasure out of this.

"Where is the responsibility in this day and age?"

The recent cycle of crime was discussed at Monday's parish council meeting where new chairman Coun David Kempton said: "The problems of criminal damage have been endemic for quite a while.

"The police said they had some tactics to make things better, but the net result is no change and with the police presence being less visible, the people responsible will feel they are untouchable."

. Police are dealing with three reports of anti-social behaviour in Crowland, all of which took place on Thursday, May 23.

Firstly, a group of youths were seen throwing stones and pulling down banners outside Crowland's Royal British Legion club in Broadway just after 7.25pm.

Then a further report of criminal damage was received where a group of youths were seen kicking the door of a house in Reform Street at about 8.25pm.

Finally, a group of youths were reported to have shouted verbal abuse at a man in North Street just before 9.20pm.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: "We are appealing for any witnesses who were in any of the above to contact us.

"We are also appealing for anyone who may have been travelling in the area at around the above times and has dash-cam footage to come forward.

"Alternatively, if you live around any of the above areas and have CCTV footage, please contact us on 101."



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