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A town council has threatened to remove a piece of play area equipment if vandalism continues, after it was irreparably damaged last week.

Between Wednesday January 5, and Thursday January 6, vandals knocked a panel out of The Pod in Diss Park, leading Diss Town Council to issue a final warning, threatening to remove the shelter completely if it targeted again in the future.

In a statement posted on the council’s social media channels, the authority said that maintenance staff had been unable to repair the damaged panel, which had be removed as a result.

Robert Ludkin, Diss Town Council’s maintenance manager, condemned the vandalism of The Pod in Diss Park. Picture: Mecha Morton
Robert Ludkin, Diss Town Council’s maintenance manager, condemned the vandalism of The Pod in Diss Park. Picture: Mecha Morton

The statement said: “It is upsetting that some people think it is OK 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.

“Unfortunately, due to the damage caused to one of The Pod panels, it cannot be repaired so this will have to be removed.

“Maintenance staff have attempted to modify the unit this morning so it can still be used but, if this vandalism continues, we will have no option but to remove it altogether.

“We will be liaising with our CCTV contractor to get an additional camera installed in this area of the park and the police have been informed.”

Robert Ludkin, maintenance manager at the town council, said it was the latest in a string of incidents affecting The Pod.

“The Pod is one of the most used facilities at the park,” he said. “Unfortunately, it’s also the most abused facility.

“This is just one in a series of destructive incidents targeting The Pod.

“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.”

Norfolk Constabulary have urged anyone with information regarding the incident to contact them on 101, quoting the crime reference number 36/1777/22. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.



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