Vandalism at the children’s play area on Henhayes Recreation Ground by a few mindless individuals, is spoiling it for families who enjoy taking their children there, to play and picnic. The wilful damage caused at the playground has increased dramatically in the last month. Latest incidents include a tree that was donated by Crewkerne Lions Club in April, being uprooted and the circular bench around it, having its bolts bent and nuts removed. A new picnic bench that was donated by Crewkerne Action for the Disabled has been intentionally scorched by a flame held against its wood, safety matting underneath the recently installed rope swing has been ripped up and a fence, that encloses the play area and stops children from accessing the nearby road, has been torn open in places.
Crewkerne Town Council is extremely concerned about the sudden increase in vandalism and is calling on members of the community to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious. Councillor Rusty Jackson, chair of the town council’s Amenities Committee said: “The Henhayes playground regeneration committee have been working hard to add new equipment and furniture to the playground. In what appears to be mindless acts of vandalism, the few are spoiling a town amenity for the many. We would appeal to the residents of Crewkerne to keep their eyes open and report any suspicious activity they see.”
The town council’s ground staff have managed to rescue the Whitebeam tree, which has now been replanted and repairs are being carried out to other equipment that has been damaged. Town clerk Peter Davidson said: “Crewkerne Lions and Crewkerne Action for the Disabled fund-raised to enable them to donate the tree and picnic table. The town council has been working with the playground regeneration committee to upgrade the equipment. It shows a total lack of respect for others, to have pieces ripped up and vandalised and spoil a well used area of the town.” Anyone who sees something suspicious or has something to report, can contact Crewkerne Town Council on 01460 74001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org