Connah's Quay skate park vandals 'spoiling it for everybody'


David Humphreys

DAMAGE to property at a popular town landmark is spoiling it for everybody else, a councillor has warned.

The skate park at Wepre Park in Connah’s Quay was targeted by vandals and town and county councillor Ian Dunbar has slammed those responsible.

Vandals kicked down a fence and smashed wooden poles at the park.

An advertising board was also damaged while a bin was set on fire near to the children’s playground at the park between April 18 and April 21.

Cllr Dunbar said: “It costs a lot to put up these items at the park and most of the youngsters enjoy it every day.

“During the evenings, vandals are getting on there to damage it for everybody else.”

He has also called for a greater police presence in the area.

“This is the biggest gathering ground for youngsters in the town and a more visual police presence would deter this type of behaviour, especially setting fires to bins near a children’s playground.

“We’re not asking for round the clock officers, just for them to keep their eye on it.

“I’m disappointed because it’s just a few mindless idiots spoiling it for everybody else,” he said.

In response to the damage at the Flintshire Council managed site, Tom Woodall, the council’s countryside services manager, said: "Unfortunately, we do occasionally experience incidents such as this.

“However, the vast majority of visitors to this wonderful park enjoy themselves and behave impeccably.

"Anyone with any concerns or information about the behaviour of individuals or groups in and around the park are advised to contact North Wales Police."

North Wales Police spokesman Michael McGivern said: “The area is regularly patrolled and we would encourage anybody who sees any sort of anti-social behaviour to contact North Wales Police on 101.

“Residents are also invited to raise any concerns they may have with the local neighbourhood policing team.”

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