20th Jun, 2019

Droitwich's popular Wych Barge will have to be removed from Vines Park after heartless vandalism

THE POPULAR Wych Barge in Droitwich’s Vines Park will have to be removed after vandals caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at three Wychavon Parks.

The incidents happened over the weekend of August 18 and 19.

The Wych Barge has had consistent offensive graffiti scrawled on it on and off since its installation in 2011.

The structure has been left with holes after vandals reportedly kicked the wood panelling.

Other incidents also happened in Abbey Park, Evesham, and the Memorial Garden in Abbey Park, Pershore over the same weekend.

A litter bin and lifebuoy near to the toilets in Evesham’s Abbey Park were severely damaged by fire and nearby railings and retaining timbers will also need to be repainted or replaced as a result.

Meanwhile, benches and slabs in the Pershore Memorial Garden were covered in acrylic neon paint over the same weekend and litter was found strewn across the floor.

Wychavon District Council is asking residents to stay vigilant and to report any vandalism to the police at the time they see or hear anything happening.

Often CCTV is thought to be the solution but this is not necessarily the case as wrong doers know how to hide their faces and so resist being identified.

Lynn Stevens, Wychavon’s senior parks and greenspace officer, said: “It is extremely disappointing to see our lovely town parks have been the target of such extensive and consistent vandalism.

“Every time this happens it costs the public money, in this case thousands of pounds, which could be better spent on investing in the parks.

“We are so proud of our open spaces, parks and play areas and all we want is people to respect these public areas.”

Anyone with any information should call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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