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Appeal for information after damage to equipment at children's play area

Posted on 15th August 2013

Police are appealing for information after vandals wrecked tables at a play area in the Hope Valley.

Offenders ripped up the wooden boards on the top of picnic tables at a site off Castleton Road, in Hope.

The damage left nails exposed and, due to their placement in a children’s play area, the tables will need to be removed and replaced.

Officers from Hope Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team will be increasing patrols in the area to catch any offenders and are appealing for information.

They are also urging members of the public to report crime or suspicious activity straight away.

PCSO Steven Rogers, from the team, said: “The damage that has been caused to the tables means that families won’t be able to use it as they should, which isn’t fair or acceptable.

“The seating areas will be out of action until they are repaired because it is not safe for people, especially children, to use.

“There have been some issues with anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in the area and we will be increasing our patrols to find those responsible.

“It might seem harmless to the people causing the damage but it affects many other people and we will be working to stop that from happening.”

The damage to the tables took place between 6pm on Tuesday, August 13 and 2pm on Wednesday, August 14.

Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the area between those times?

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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