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'Appalling behaviour' leaves kids' park ruined
A CHILDREN’S play area in Wistaston has been decimated by vandals during the latest incident of drink-related anti social behaviour in the area.
Police are appealing for witnesses after Joey the Swan recreation area in Valley Road was daubed in graffiti over the weekend of October 19.
PC Dan Sambrook, who is investigating the criminal damage, said: "This is appalling behaviour and has made the area unusable until the graffiti has been removed.
"Over the years we have targeted the area to tackle anti-social behaviour and it was calming down, however it appears that over the past few weekends the trouble is back.
"Youths have been drinking and causing problems in the area which is affecting the community. We have been addressing the problem by issuing notices to leave the area, and also arrested a male last week.
“We have taken some youths home to be spoken to in front of their parents and have taken details of those causing problems.
"We are working with the anti-social behaviour co-ordinator to work out long term solutions, but in the meantime we would urge parents to think about where and what their teenagers are doing on a Friday and Saturday night and ensure they are not taking part in the appalling behaviour.
“What may seem like a laugh could result in a criminal record and the potential to ruin a bright future."
Anyone with information should contact PC Dan Sambrook on 101 quoting incident number 421 of 22 October 2012.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.