Vandals rack up bill of damage

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YOUNGSTERS have been warned they face losing their play parks after vandals went on a £13,000 wrecking spree.

Peterlee Town councillors issued their warning after a string of mindless attacks across the town’s play areas over the last few weeks.

A total of £5,000 of damage was carried out on a children’s roundabout in Hampshire Place park by youngsters misusing the equipment.

A skate park ramp in Woodhouse Park received £3,100 damage and vandalism to safety surfacing in Heath Close Park cost £5,000.

Park bosses also revealed vandals had used high-power grinding tools to remove fence panels to access the skate park.

Brendan Arnell, the council’s parks supervisor, said: “Parents need to instil into their children that they are actually funding this damage through taxpayers’ money.

“Withdrawing the facilities is currently an option. We can’t afford to keep replacing a specific piece of kit.”

Pc Gordon Brown, of Peterlee police, added: “High-visibility patrols are regularly carried out in the area in a bid to deter further incidents.”