Community fun day in Rugby cancelled after vandals wreck GEC recreation ground in Hillmorton Road

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PLANS for a free community fun day at the GEC recreation ground off Hillmorton Road have been postponed after the sports pavilion was damaged by vandals.

The fun day, which was to have featured sports demonstrations, a Rugby FM roadshow and live broadcast, and Cadbury spots v stripes, had been organised by the Rugby Community Safety Partnership to promote the park and its facilities to residents. But recent damage to the pavilion is so severe that power to the site has had to be turned off, and parts of the structure are unsafe.

Paul Collett, community safety project officer, said: “The damage to the pavilion is quite extensive. A car has been driven into the corner of the building at some speed and the driver was lucky not to bring the building down on top of them.

“We know from the CCTV footage that a dog walker had just passed the pavilion when the incident happened at about ten minutes to ten last Wednesday evening and we think they may have some important information about who is responsible. We’d like to know what they or any other witnesses may have seen or heard.”

The event had been organised by the Rugby Community Safety Partnership to promote the park and its facilities to residents

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the environment, said: “We’re really disappointed that the actions of a few mean that our plans have had to be put back, but we’re determined to hold this community fun day later this year.

“The park, play area and sports facilities are amongst the best in the borough and it really is a shame that they are continuing to be abused by a few individuals.”

Anyone who has any information about the incident can contact the Rugby Borough Council Community Safety Wardens on 0800 096 8800 or email communitysafety@rugby.gov.uk. The wardens can also respond to reports of antisocial behaviour using the same contact details.

For more on this story see Thursday’s Rugby Advertiser.