A children’s trampoline in Exeter has had to be filled in and not replaced after vandals wrecked the popular facility for a second time.
The trampoline at Flowerpot playing fields was put back into use on April 12 after vandals targetted it earlier in the year. However, only days later the vandals had struck again. Several steel benches in the park have also been trashed.
The latest damage, which has seen vandals cut the support wires making the trampoline dangerous and unuaseable, has enraged Cllr Rob Hannaford, lead councillor for Environment and Leisure.
“This is nothing short of mindless vandalism at the expense of the taxpayer,” he said. “This is a popular facility enjoyed by children of all ages and now they are going to lose out through no fault of their own.”
“Every time it is repaired and replaced it costs £1,000 to do so and during these difficult financial times we simply cannot afford to carry on like this. Unfortunately, it will now have to be removed and the hole benath it filled in.
Cllr Hannaford urged people to contact the police if they knew who was responsible for the damage.
“This makes my blood boil. Why should these few idiots spoil the fun for others. If anyone knows anything about this vandalism I would ask them to please contact the police so that we don’t have a repeat happening elsewhere.”