Vandals strike at Wickford Memorial Park

Wickford Memorial Park

Wickford Memorial Park

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YOBS took a blade to plaques which commemorate soldiers who died in service.

Kevin Blake, deputy leader of Basildon Council, hit out at "mindless" vandals who damaged two information boards at Wickford Memorial Park, off Rettendon View, Wickford, with a sharp object.

This is the only time they have been vandalised since being installed in 2011.

It comes just a week after the Echo revealed taxpayers had been left with a £700 bill after wooden fencing at nearby Wick Country Park, off Tresco Way, was ripped down and used to fuel a barbecue.

Mr Blake, who is also cabinet member for leisure and arts, said: "The damage to the information boards was a mindless act carried out by individuals who obviously have no respect for soldiers who have given their lives for our country and to their families who wish to remember them.

“We at Basildon Council wish to preserve our parks and open spaces and want the whole community to feel safe while they use our facilities.

“It deeply saddens me that damage has yet again been caused only a few weeks after another incident of vandalism by yobs.

“The council wants to spend its money wisely on maintaining its facilities and this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.

“I urge members of the public to report any incidents of this kind to the police straight away."

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2:37pm Fri 15 Aug 14

emcee says...

Quote Kevin Blake: "The council wants to spend its money wisely on maintaining its facilities and this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.
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Maybe the wise thing to do, then, is employ park wardens/keepers to be stationed at these parks. Since the abolition of permanently stationed park wardens/keepers by many councils the green light has been lit for for vandalism and anti social behaviour to take place in parks.
If you want the parks and their contents protected, you must protect them. It really is that simple a strategy.
Quote Kevin Blake: "The council wants to spend its money wisely on maintaining its facilities and this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated. - Maybe the wise thing to do, then, is employ park wardens/keepers to be stationed at these parks. Since the abolition of permanently stationed park wardens/keepers by many councils the green light has been lit for for vandalism and anti social behaviour to take place in parks. If you want the parks and their contents protected, you must protect them. It really is that simple a strategy. emcee
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2:44pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Sensible Man says...

What can you say about filth like this? We CAN hope that our useless left-wing judiciary grow some balls and start punishing filthy moronic scum like this in a PROPER way. No suspended sentences, no filthy brainless stupid community orders, no European Human Rights filth - just a good long stretch inside. What about it you left-wing Labour judges????
What can you say about filth like this? We CAN hope that our useless left-wing judiciary grow some balls and start punishing filthy moronic scum like this in a PROPER way. No suspended sentences, no filthy brainless stupid community orders, no European Human Rights filth - just a good long stretch inside. What about it you left-wing Labour judges???? Sensible Man
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3:17pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Vange Resident says...

On a very very very rare occasion i use foul language, this is most definitely one of those occasions, little....f....b need to be strung up!!
On a very very very rare occasion i use foul language, this is most definitely one of those occasions, little....f....b need to be strung up!! Vange Resident
  • Score: 8

6:12pm Fri 15 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Or is it just another case of everyday criminal damage by bored school kids on holiday, with little to do ?
Or is it just another case of everyday criminal damage by bored school kids on holiday, with little to do ? sesibollox
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11:13pm Fri 15 Aug 14

ThisYear says...

Sensible Man wrote:
What can you say about filth like this? We CAN hope that our useless left-wing judiciary grow some balls and start punishing filthy moronic scum like this in a PROPER way. No suspended sentences, no filthy brainless stupid community orders, no European Human Rights filth - just a good long stretch inside. What about it you left-wing Labour judges????
Forever (with the other idiot) of referring to the left/right paradigm to explain everything.. shows just how much of a brainless pollock you are..
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: What can you say about filth like this? We CAN hope that our useless left-wing judiciary grow some balls and start punishing filthy moronic scum like this in a PROPER way. No suspended sentences, no filthy brainless stupid community orders, no European Human Rights filth - just a good long stretch inside. What about it you left-wing Labour judges????[/p][/quote]Forever (with the other idiot) of referring to the left/right paradigm to explain everything.. shows just how much of a brainless pollock you are.. ThisYear
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7:07am Sat 16 Aug 14

nomoretogo says...

Spend our money wisely and install more CCTV's needed for areas like these so the yobs can be caught red handed and picture put in the Echo. Also make them think twice if they know they are being watched!
Spend our money wisely and install more CCTV's needed for areas like these so the yobs can be caught red handed and picture put in the Echo. Also make them think twice if they know they are being watched! nomoretogo
  • Score: 3

8:25am Sat 16 Aug 14

Letmetryagain says...

I hate to say "I told you so", but it was always going to happen.
Thankfully it wasn't the trees....yet
I hate to say "I told you so", but it was always going to happen. Thankfully it wasn't the trees....yet Letmetryagain
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