Vandals damage award-winning park

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Police and councillors have asked residents to be on the look out for yobs vandalising an award-winning park.

Seven fruit trees, which were part of a community orchard at Coronation Park in Ormskirk, were snapped last month, and needed to be re-planted.

Local youths were also caught pulling up plants in beds near the front of the park by a war memorial and throwing them into the road.

Coun David Sudworth, West Lancashire Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and community safety, said: “Coronation Park, along with all of our parks and countryside areas, are safe places for people of all ages to visit, but there has been a recent spate of vandalism and criminal damage is an offence.

“We are appealing for the public to help us track down any individuals who vandalise the parks and spoil things for everyone else.”

Coronation Park has Green Flag status which ranks it among the best parks in the country, but the flag denoting this status has also been stolen.

PC Mick Ginn, Town Centre Community Beat Officer for the park area, said: “We are aware of previous incidents and work closely with the council in monitoring the park.

“We mount regular patrols to ensure people are able to safely enjoy the facilities.

“Youths caught on CCTV uprooting plants were identified and detained by a police patrol. A follow up visit was carried out jointly with the Park Ranger to educate the youths as to the consequences of their actions.”

Coun Sudworth added: “We always seek recompense from persons damaging the park in either monetary compensation or assisting us in their own time on ‘working parties’ to make good any damage.

If you see any suspicious activities in the park, or in any of the council’s parks and countryside areas, call the rangers on 01695 570258 or 01695 622794, or Lancashire Police on 101.