Shelter repeat victim of attacks

Guy Smith and chairman of the Friends of Peasholm Park Linda Harper at the vandalised shelter in Peasholm Drive.
Guy Smith and chairman of the Friends of Peasholm Park Linda Harper at the vandalised shelter in Peasholm Drive.
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Peasholm Park is being repeatedly targeted by vandals and boozed-up gangs of rowdy youths who drink and smash bottles sparking major fears young children could be hurt.

In the past fortnight, windows of a lovingly-restored shelter have been caved in, scaffolding at the bandstand has been tampered with and supermarket trolleys and broken bottles have littered the beauty spot.

The Friends of Peasholm Park say the rising tide of vandalism is destroying the much-loved area for residents and fear it is only a matter of time before a child cuts themselves on the shards of glass.

The group’s chairman Linda Harper said: “We have a lot of evening and weekend drinkers who go into the shelters and smash bottles and throw them into the park.

“Because it’s a family venue, we as a community should be aware that young children could end up falling on the glass. People who take their dogs for a walk could also step on it.

“It’s such a shame because everybody is working really hard to make the park a beautiful place. Everybody should be able to enjoy it without the fear of stepping on anything. We don’t want it spoiling by a very small minority who are just hell-bent on destroying it.”

Police have stepped-up patrols in the park in an attempt to deter the vandals, however Peasholm Drive resident Guy Smith believes the gangs are targeting the area after midnight when street lights are switched off.

The former councillor said: “There is a street light in front of the smashed-up shelter with a CCTV camera on it. Whether there is is a connection and somebody thought there are no lights there lets smash it up I don’t know. This has been going on for a while now. Somebody must know who did this.”

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Scarborough Police on 101.