Vandals tear up Sunderland seafront park

Councillors John Wiper and George Howe at the vandalised area outside the former Lambton Worm Park area at Seaburn. About 50 concrete slabs have been tipped off the walls.
Councillors John Wiper and George Howe at the vandalised area outside the former Lambton Worm Park area at Seaburn. About 50 concrete slabs have been tipped off the walls.
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VANDALS have torn up a seaside park.

Yobs pulled out coping stones from a wall in the circular area behind the Lambton Worm Park, next to the Seaburn Centre.

The vandals even wrote their names on some of the concrete slabs.

Councillors are now calling for heightened security to be introduced to stop similar events from occurring.

George Howe and John Wiper, who both represent Fulwell, say they feel disappointed that the area is being spoiled.

Coun Howe said: “They’ve pulled up paving stones and coping stones.

“It’s one hell of a mess.

“It must have been some pretty hefty guys who have done it.

“There has been vandalism here before, but it’s never been as bad as this is. It’s heavy-handed stuff and clearly premeditated.”

Coun Wiper added: “It’s not little kids who have done this; it must be some older ones.”

The councillors say they would like to see electronic security cameras put in at the location to keep it in good condition for residents as well as visitors to the area.

“I think we should have a CCTV camera because of the money that it is going to cost to put things right they might as well as it may stop things like this happening again,” said Coun Howe.

Coun Wiper said: “One of the street lights would be an ideal place for it. It could watch the car park as well as the parks.”

Nearby signs claim there is CCTV covering the Pirates playpark directly next to the Seaburn Centre.

Coun Cecilia Gofton, portfolio holder for responsive services at Sunderland City Council, said: “We can confirm that significant damage has been caused in an area of land behind the Seaburn Centre after coping stones were pulled from a wall last weekend.

“Council officers have cleared loose debris away and erected a barrier around the damaged site.

“The area has been inspected to determine the full extent of the damage and we are in the process of arranging repairs.

“We are aware that there have been similar reports of antisocial behaviour in this area, and it is an issue which is being discussed in LMAPS (Local Multi-Agency Problem Solving) meetings, to determine the best cause of action to prevent any further incidents.”

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