Not again! Thetford play park equipment vandalised within days of its repair - for the second time

Castle Park, Thetford.
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Castle Park, Thetford. Picture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A piece of play equipment at a popular Thetford park may be permanently removed after it was vandalised within days of its repair - for the second time in a matter of weeks.

The cage swing at Castle Park has again been damaged by a group of adults.

At the end of April Thetford Town Council paid £1,643.82 to have the same piece of equipment fixed after it had been out of action since last summer due to it being vandalised.

But within days the chains of the swing and the concrete block which holds it in place were damaged.

Fenland Lesuire, who repairs the town's play equipment, carried out this set of works for free as they were concerned the cement may not have been fully dry when the swing was rehung after previous vandalism.

The cage swing at Thetford's Castle Park after repairs to damage it from previous vandalism. Picture

The cage swing at Thetford's Castle Park after repairs to damage it from previous vandalism. Picture: Thetford Town Council - Credit: Archant


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The repairs included two tons of concrete and additional ground works.

A spokesman for the council said: 'Sadly it was vandalised the week after the repairs took place.

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'This time the adults that caused the damage could not pull out the concrete base so they damaged the metal ring. The council are now in the position of considering where they remove the equipment all together or do another costly repair.'

The authority now owns eight play parks in the town.

At Pine Close, Harriet Martineau, Fairfield, Bergamot Drive, Edinburgh Way, Elm Drive and Castle Park, refurbishment works, costing a total of £38,207, have taken place.

The work has been funded with grants from Breckland Council.

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