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Lyndhurst Parish Council blasts park vandals following vandalism

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WITNESSES are being sought to a string of vandalism in Lyndhurst, including a picnic bench set on fire.

Lyndhurst Parish Council announced the damage had been done during half-term at at Coles Mead recreation ground and in Wellands Road.

It said: "After dark, a fire service on-call vehicle window was smashed [and] eggs were thrown at cars.

The bench was set alight in half term
The bench was set alight in half term

"Knocking on doors late in the evening and running off seems to be a new form of entertainment and one of our new picnic benches, generously donated by villagers was destroyed by fire.

"These activities are worrying and distressing for local residents. In conjunction with local police, we will be looking into these acts."

The remains of the charred bench
The remains of the charred bench

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson confirmed the incident to the A&T, saying the bench at Colesmead had been reported damaged between 6pm and 7pm on Saturday 25th January.

A Facebook post by New Forest police added: "We believe this might be linked to anti-social behaviour and as such, this is a timely reminder to parents to ensure that you know where your children are, who they are with and what they are up to.

A vehicle also had its window smashed
A vehicle also had its window smashed

"We are carrying out enquiries into the incidents to identify those responsible."

Anyone with information about the Colesmead incident should call 101, quoting the reference 44220080130.

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