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Wordsley Park hit by spate of mindless vandalism
2:31pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
WORDSLEY Park’s friends group is remaining defiant despite a spate of vandalism which has seen a graffiti wall built by Stourbridge College students flattened by yobs.
The wall, a joint venture with the friends group, Wordsley based The Source Youth Centre and the college, was demolished by yobs the same evening it was constructed.
But the friends have vowed not to be beaten and plan to erect a steel grafitti wall on the perimeter of its Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) which they believe will be harder for vandals to destroy.
Friends publicity officer Geoff Paddock said the destruction was part of a recent rise in vandalism, drinking and drug taking at the Lawnswood Road park after dark.
He said: “Unfortunately there’s an awful lot of vandalism suddenly appeared.
“It’s turned into a night time haunt for some people who are drinking and taking other substances.
“We have also had large kerbing stones have been levered out of the ground and thrown around.
“As usual its a small number of idiots spoiling it for the majority.
“We are determined we won’t be beaten and are going ahead with the new grafitti wall.”
The wall will be decorated by a professional artist with an anti-drugs message and will then be available for youngsters to paint on. It will be unveiled by the Mayor of Dudley councillor Alan Finch with a date for its installation yet to be confirmed.
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said the issue of anti-social behaviour at the park, also known as King George V Park, had been logged as a priority with Wordsley neighbourhood policing team with officers conducting regular evening patrols.
The friends AGM will be at The Source Youth Centre in the grounds of Fairhaven School, Barnett Lane, Wordsley, on Wednesday October 23, at 7.30pm.
E mail the group at email@example.com or visit www.wordsleyparkfriends2012.co.uk for details.
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