Cameras will target park graffiti vandals

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Graffiti vandals in an historic Preston park risk being caught on camera in a council crackdown.

City planners are being asked to sanction CCTV coverage of the bowling green complex on the south side of Moor Park in a bid to halt spray paint attacks which have defaced the pavilion buildings and public toilets.

Arsonists also targeted one of the two pavilions recently, leaving it so badly damaged that it had to be completely rebuilt.

The council has submitted an application to its own planning committee to erect an eight-metre high flagpole with cameras attached in an attempt to prevent further costly attacks.

The move comes after the historic park, Grade II* Listed and registered as a heritage asset under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953, underwent major refurbishment work paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“In view of the financial investment made to the two pavilions and the infrastructure of the park in general, it has been agreed to install a locally-network CCTV system to monitor the pavilions and their surrounding areas,” says a statement to the committee.

“Both pavilions have been subjected to graffiti over the years. Devastating damage from a recent arson attack on the eastern pavilion resulted in the building having to be completely rebuilt.

“In order to protect the pavilions, it is intended to install an eight-metre high CCTV mount which will also act as a flagpole for the display of a ‘Green Flag Award’ in accordance with the national scheme which recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces.”

Moor Park was first laid out between 1833 and 1835 and later imporved in the 1860s. The two pavilions were built in the mid-1900s and have recently been given a facelift including the fitting of new security shutters.