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Vandals force play park closure

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VANDALS have forced the partial closure of a Whitehaven play park.

Copeland Council has been forced to fence off a climbing frame and play net at the Hensingham park after vandals ripped the protective mat below.

The Council will repair the damage – at a cost to the taxpayer – and the police has been informed of the incident, which was uncovered during a routine inspection earlier this week.

Councillor Mark Holliday, Portfolio Holder for Open Spaces, said: “This sort of damage is unacceptable and we take a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to it.

“Council resources are tight and we cannot continue to use the public’s money to fund repairs due to the irresponsible actions of a minority who do not respect these facilities.”

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