Posted on 10th December 2014
Derbyshire officers have teamed up with Amber Valley Borough Council to target recent incidents of vandalism in Riddings Park, Alfreton.
Over recent weeks, three of the pathway lighting columns have been damaged and there have also been reports of unknown youths setting fire to bins on the park.
Officers will be carrying out patrols in the area at key times alongside council staff to identify those taking part in anti-social behaviour. Park rangers will also be speaking to people to address wider issues of littering and dog fouling.
Sergeant Dave Harrison of Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership said: “Not only has the damage caused been costly for the council to repair but it is also unfair on to others who want to enjoy the park’s facilities during the day or evening.
“Police are stepping up both overt and covert patrols in the area over the coming weeks to identify and detain those responsible.
“We would encourage members of the public to report incidents of anti-social behaviour to us on 101 or through Crimestoppers anonymously.
"We will continue to work with the council to address these issues around anti-social behaviour by carrying out regular patrols and taking action against offenders."
Councillor Isobel Harry, Amber Valley Cabinet Member for Community Safety for said: "Riddings Park is a much loved part of the area and it is used all year round by thousands of residents and visitors.
“We won't stand by and let this thoughtless vandalism spoil what is a beautiful and cherished part of our borough."
To reports anti-social behaviour call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.