COMMUNITY leaders have condemned a “despicable act of vandalism” on a children’s park.
It is believed vandals sawed through a see-saw and left vile graffiti on a climbing frame in the River View area of Connah’s Quay.
Cllr Paul Shotton voiced his worries about the harm done at the park. He said: “I’m quite concerned about this, it’s a despicable act of vandalism.
“It’s a real shame and we’ve asked that police patrol that whole area.
“We would ask neighbours to keep a look out, be vigilant and hopefully we’ll also see an increase in police patrols.”
Connah’s Quay town council chairman Andy Dunbobbin was alerted to the damage by a local resident and echoed Cllr Shotton’s statements.
He said: “The park is close to where I live so I was able to get down there to take pictures.
“I took them as a deterrent because whoever carried this out was very determined and their objective was to get the seesaw off.
“It’s a disgraceful act, a terrible act of vandalism.
”It’s quite disturbing to see graffiti on the park because young children use the play area. They grow up fast enough without being exposed to that.”
Including the damage to the see-saw, vandals had scrawled graffiti across the climbing frame on the park and the ground surrounding it.
Cllr Dunbobbin is hopeful that local residents will be proactive in assisting the police with their enquiries.
He said: “We’d really encourage people to come forward with further information that may help the police with their investigation and to be aware of any vandalism they may see being carried out.
Local residents, who did not want to be identified, were also concerned by the work of the vandals.
“It’s a disgrace. It’s definitely not a handsaw that’s done it, it’s a clean cut. What happens then if people are running round with saws? It’s vile.
“I feel sorry for the toddlers. It’s a great place for them to play and it’s being spoilt.”
A Flintshire Council spokesman said: “Officers have been to the site and removed the graffiti and the see-saw which has been badly damaged.”