A SCARBOROUGH cafe has lost out on hundreds of pounds worth of trade after vandals struck at Peasholm Park.
Staff at the park’s cafe, overlooking the lake, arrived at work yesterday morning to find five windows smashed and more than 30 roof tiles damaged.
The news comes as the Friends of Peasholm Park fear vandalism is “exploding” in the area with more and more incidents occuring.
The attacks are not just causing damage, but causing local businesses to lose money.
Peasholm Park Cafe lost out on four and half hours of trade yesterday while repairs were made to the broken windows.
Cafe supervisor Melissa Cammish said: “We have lost about £400 through having to close for an entire morning.
“Thursday is by far our busiest day because of the Naval Warfare so it was a big blow not to open until 1.30pm instead of 9am.
“We just arrived this morning and found all the smashed glass, then when we went round the back there were loads of roof tiles broken on the floor.
“There was a similar incident last year when vandals actually broke in to the cafe. I think they were trying to do the same here but couldn’t get in.”
The Friends of Peasholm Park say vandalism has becoming an increasingly worrying problem in the park following the abolition of park rangers in April due to council cuts.
Christine Mark, chairwoman of the Friends group, said: “It is becoming a terrible nuisance and an increasing problem. Last year we had the park rangers and they did exert some influence in the park.
“Since they have gone there has been an explosion of antisocial behaviour.
“We are at our wits’ end with it.
“Peasholm Park is just so vulnerable, and there have been occasions when security protocol has not been followed properly. These people are just determined to have fun by breaking things, and what is worse is it is clearly being done by groups of people that are residents of Scarborough. They are choosing to do this to their own town.”
Ms Mark has invited officers from Scarborough Police to attend the next meeting of the Peasholm Park Friends group to discuss a way forward.
She is now urging anyone who notices antisocial behaviour in Peasholm Park, at any time day or night, to report the matter by contacting North Yorkshire Police on 0845 6060 247 in order to help highlight the extent of the problem.