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Diss Town Council decry 'mindless vandalism' as playground bin in Diss Park is torched

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Council officials have decried another “sad example of mindless vandalism” after a bin was destroyed in Diss Park.

On Sunday, a ‘happy frog’ playground bin was set alight, melting it entirely and leaving behind just its metal interior.

The council claimed the latest incident would amount to around £400 in damage.

The bin, before and after it was torched. Picture: Diss Town Council (54702284)
The bin, before and after it was torched. Picture: Diss Town Council (54702284)

It is the latest in a string of recent vandalism incidents at the park and the second in just a matter of weeks – after a piece of play area equipment was irreparably damaged last month.

Following the incident, Diss Town Council issued a plea for people to respect the facilities at the park.

In a statement, the authority said: “It is upsetting that some people think it is okay to destroy things that are put in place for the benefit and enjoyment of others.

“Having a community park that offers equipment for all ages is wonderful, but please respect it.”

Robert Ludkin, maintenance manager at the town council, added: “It’s such a shame that a few people, intent on vandalism, have the power to ruin the enjoyment of this space for the many.”

Police are investigating the latest incident. A spokesman for Norfolk Constabulary said: “Officers are investigating an incident of criminal damage in Diss on Sunday.

“The incident happened between approximately 9.30pm and 10.10pm when a bin near a playground in Mere Park along Park Road was set alight by unknown suspect(s). Inquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who has information as to who might have carried out the vandalism, has been asked contact Pc Jacob Stafford on 101, quoting crime reference 36/7706/22.

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