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Vandals trash Central Park Community Garden in Boston

By Boston Target  |  Posted: September 12, 2012

  • DESTROYED: Hours of love, care and attention from volunteer workers at Boston Central Park's Community Garden have been destroyed.

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DESTRUCTIVE vandals have left volunteer workers in Central Park's Community Garden heartbroken after hours of hard work were ruined.

Flowers planted by the community were ripped from the ground, parts stolen from the outdoor exercise equipment and a flag raised at the time of the Queen's diamond jubilee stolen.

Boston Borough Council's play and physical activity officer Fran Taylor said: "It is absolutely heartbreaking as I know how much of their own time and effort they have put into it and how much it means to them – they will be so upset.

"This sort of thing is so mindless, I just hope that it will not put them off carrying on.

"All the sweetcorn was pulled out and broken up, pumpkins and marrows were smashed to the floor and everything in the greenhouse had been upended, tipped out – all ruined."

The incident was the latest in a catalogue of damage over the last few months.

So far, benches have been smashed, flowers and plants uprooted, the Jubilee Fountain damaged and football played on the bowling green.

Principal community safety officer Peter Hunn said: "All this goes on when there's not any staff or any figures of authority there to keep a watch on the security of Central Park.

"That's why we are asking the public, especially those passing by Central Park or living close to it, to be our eyes and ears after hours and call the police should they see any anti-social behaviour."

To help combat the situation a hidden high-tech camera will be deployed in the park to record troublemakers 24 hours a day.

The council's main CCTV system will also be used to closely monitor the outdoor sports equipment and the Neighbourhood Policing Team is to be asked to increase patrols in the area.

Portfolio holder for leisure services, parks and open spaces councillor Yvonne Gunter said: "I would appeal to those who cause damage and destruction to stop for a second and think about what they are doing and what the consequences may be for them and others.

"I am sure their parents will not be proud of them – parents who probably pay council tax, some of which then has to be used to repair the damage."

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