A newly installed piece of play equipment put in to replace a previous one destroyed in an arson attack last year has already been vandalised- less than 24 hours after it was sited.
On January 22, local mum Danielle Singleton posted footage of Garston Park’s new pirate ship apparatus on social media.
The video showed the slide part covered in sweetcorn and what was apparently a sickly-yellow dip of some kind, with Danielle stating this was no less than a day after the equipment had been put in place.
The previous play equipment of the park had been destroyed in a suspected arson attack last October, with an investigation into the matter ongoing. The replacement had been funded by Watford Borough Council (WBC).
Speaking on the return of the equipment, local resident and playground user, 10-year-old Jake Magnus, said: ” It’s great that the ship is back, and the park is now fully open again. Lots of children play in the park and it’s good to see them enjoying the new equipment.”
Luckily, this is the kind of vandalism that can be cleared away without permanent damage done to the slide. But residents were still left outraged by Mrs Singleton’s post showing the state of the equipment.
Commenting on the post, which was put on the area’s community Facebook group, said it was “disgusting” and “childish”, with some calling for CCTV to be placed in the park to prevent further damage.
Many however were simply disappointed at the action.
Picture credit Danielle Singleton