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'Heartless vandals' damage Farnborough playground for second time in a week

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'Heartless vandals' damage Farnborough playground for second time in a week

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 3:43pm 18th March 2020.

Rushmoor Borough Council has described those responsible for damaging a new children's playground in Farnborough as 'heartless vandals'.

It is the second time in a week it has happened to the play area on Moor Road which hasn't opened to the public yet. 

The new equipment and surfacing that is being installed was vandalised for the second time and serious damage was caused to the contractors’ machinery last month.

Machinery Damage farnborough playground
Serious damage was caused to the contractors’ machinery last month.

The new playground equipment includes swings, mini trampolines, multi-play areas, and slides. 

Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Head of Operational Services at Rushmoor Borough Council, said it is a blow to local people:

“Vandals have caused thousands of pounds of damage to this new community facility and machinery, in separate attacks - devastating local people who have been looking forward to it opening shortly.” 

Sgt Mark Woodhead, of Farnborough Police, said they are appealing for witnesses:

“We are appealing for anyone with any information on any of these incidents of vandalism to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

"Anyone who sees someone damaging equipment on the site should call 999.

The playground is the first part of a £470,000 project that will see a BMX pump track, a multi-use games area and outdoor exercise equipment installed at the site.