People living in Cawston have been left in a state of shock and anger after a much-loved park was badly vandalised at the weekend.
Residents on the estate discovered a scene of devastation left behind by the culprits early on Sunday morning.
Some of the play equipment had been set on fire and was burnt beyond repair, while broken glass bottles, newspapers and other debris were scattered across the grass.
A Cawston resident, who did not wish to be named, said she was disturbed by noise at about 9pm on Saturday night and went outside to investigate. She found that food and other waste had been thrown over the road and into gardens but did not discover the park had been vandalised until the following morning.
She said: “It’s really upsetting as we use the park a great deal. My daughter particularly loves the trampoline and is really upset about what’s happened. It’s very hard to explain to a 4-year-old why people would behave like that.
“We have had more instances of anti social behaviour recently. There have been car thefts and attempted car thefts, youths on mini motorcycles riding dangerously and lots more young people about causing trouble.
“There have been several ‘parties’ at the park where teenagers are getting drunk in the evenings. It’s such a shame as it ruins it for the children and it makes you think twice before going out to the park with them.
“It would be really good to get the CCTV cameras put back up in the park area and to have the community safety wardens more visible. I’ve lived here over 10 years and have seen the police out and about on maybe three or four occasions.”
But she added that the community were quick in their efforts to turn a negative into a positive: “I really think it’s important to recognise that the residents of Cawston were fantastic.
“A work party was formed very quickly and the mess was cleared up. They cleared the damage and glass in the sand pit. It’s fantastic to be part of a community that all come together in an emergency.”
By chance, a Cawston Parish Council meeting is being held tonight (Monday) and Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Phillip Seccombe will be in attendance to address matters of concern in the area. The meeting will begin at 7.30pm in the Cawston Community Hall and all residents are welcome to come along.