Villagers hope CCTV clue will help end ‘daily battle’ with vandals

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Bransgore village hall
Bransgore village hall had guttering torn off

COMMUNITY sports facilities have been destroyed and broken glass has been strewn across a children’s playground in Bransgore.

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The damage, which was reported to Bransgore Parish Council last week, saw a table tennis table ripped from its base, sports nets pulled down from a multi-use games area and guttering ripped from the village hall on Burley Road.

Bransgore parish clerk Edwin Macknamara said: “It has become a daily battle with vandals – we constantly have reports of smashed glass in the recreation ground play area and across the skate park.

“The problems began a few months ago – but we have been getting more and more reports of young people hanging around at night.”

CCTV of yobs damaging the table tennis tables at Bransgore recreation ground

During the latest incident, vandals forced their way into the parish council-owned multi-use games area, before ripping the nets down from the netball rings and abandoning them elsewhere on the recreation ground.

Mr Macknamara said: “I would say the bill for the latest damage will run to at least a few hundred pounds.

“The table tennis table, which was bolted to a concrete base, was rocked until the bolts snapped, and the aluminium leg is also damaged.

“We are hoping very much that it will be repairable – because if it can’t be fixed it will just be taken out and removed.

“We have a thriving table tennis club and the table is in steady use throughout the summer so it would be a real shame if the mindless behaviour of a few spoilt it for everyone.”

The parish council has CCTV footage of the incidents which will be passed to the police.

Mr Macknamara added: “We think the culprits may well be identifiable from the footage we have – but that will be a matter for the police.”

“We will also be speaking to them about increasing their evening patrols in the village with a particular focus on the recreation ground and village hall.

“Most of the damage in the last few months has been fairly minor but it is still very disruptive.”

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