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Vandals wreck kids' play area in Blackburn
NEIGHBOURS have reacted in horror after vandals covered a children’s play park in Blackburn with paint.
Paint was splashed over play equipment including swings and a rocking elephant at the park which is off Pearl Street in Roe Lee.
Police are investigating the incident and are attempting to identify who is responsible.
The owner of the park, Twin Valley Homes, has closed the site until further notice.
Jason Walker, committee member for Roe Lee Residents’ association, said: “I was on my way to the shop and noticed the whole park was covered in white paint. I am disgusted by what they have done, it is totally outrageous.
“They have not given a second thought about how it will affect the younger members of the community who used the playground. Now it has been shut.
“The paint is everywhere. The red rocking elephant is now splashed with white, along with the swings.
“There is some money available from Twin Valley Homes which we were hoping might be used to give the playground a new lease of life, but now it seems that there would be no point if it would just be vandalised again.
“There has been a real problem with anti-social behaviour in the area recently.”
Ward councillor Phil Riley said: “It’s absolutely terrible what has happened at this park and I hope that the police find who is responsible.
“It’s a horrible thing to have happened to a children’s play park.
“The site has become more and more reliant on support from volunteer groups recently and they are the ones who are going to have to clear up this mess.
“I hope this never happens again and that the users of the park are able to re-enter the site as soon as possible.”
No one from Twin Valley Homes was available for comment yesterday.
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