Town councillor condemns vandalism in Attleborough after swing set destroyed
A town councillor has condemned the ‘heartbreaking’ vandalism that has been plaguing Attleborough in recent months.
Last week, Attleborough Town Council was forced to fork out £223 to replace a swing set after it was destroyed by vandals.
Town councillor Debbie Lane said that the damage to the swing set in Norfolk Drive marks the latest in a string of incidents across the town – with the public toilets in Queen’s Square being repeatedly targeted.
“To have this lovely play area installed and then to have it vandalised like this is just heartbreaking,” she said.
“We have an ongoing problem with vandalism here, and it seems to be getting more and more frequent, especially in the public toilets.
“I had a member of the community say to me ‘I want to use the public loos but they are disgusting, you need to do something about it’, and I said ‘our grounds team go in there every morning to clean it up’.
“On the recreation ground, they are having to pick up empty vodka bottles and smashed glass that is being left from the night before.
“The majority of the children here are good, but there seems to be a small minority doing this.”
Cllr Lane warned that “abject vandalism” was costing the taxpayer – and coming at the expense of funding other vital services in the area.
“We’ve had a difficult couple of years at the council and we are trying to rebuild links to the community, and make the town a nice place to live in, but we can’t direct money to some things because we have to clear up vandalism.
“It’s been suggested that we get CCTV outside the loos, but that is a lot of taxpayers’ money that we could be spending on the community.”
Following the latest incident in Attleborough, a spokesman for Norfolk Constabulary said: “We would encourage members of the public to report any incidents of vandalism to us on 101 so that we can investigate them.”