Porthcressa Play Park Vandalised

The play park at Porthcressa

The play park at Porthcressa

The Council’s Children’s Services Manager says he’s disappointed that new £40,000 play park at the side of Porthcressa Beach has been vandalised.

And Joel Williams wants islanders to keep an eye out for more criminal damage and report anything suspicious to the police.

Police were called out after parents noticed that two ropes holding up the seat on the swing have been deliberately cut with a knife or a sharp object over the weekend.

What the vandal may not have realised is that there’s a steel core under the outer cord.

Joel says he’s reassured that the equipment purchased was robust enough to withstand this sort of action.

Council staff have removed the swing to check it in more detail and have requested more technical advice from the supplier, but it does look as though the swing will be able to be re-installed and there won’t be a significant cost to the Town Hall.

Joel says that they aim to get the swing back in the near future, probably after consultation with the police.

The play park has been getting a good amount of use recently and was particularly busy on Sunday, he says.

Police say there are no witnesses and there is no evidence left behind which might help to identify who carried out the act. In the meantime, Joel says they are increasing safety checks at both the Porthcressa and Garrison sites.


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