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Vandalism attacks at Sandwell Valley and Dartmouth Park condemned

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

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Sandwell Council has condemned a spate of vandalism attacks which took place at Sandwell Valley Country and nearby Dartmouth Park.

 

Vandals wreaked havoc smashing up soap dispensers, kicking over waste bins and deliberately blocked toilets and urinals with toilet paper at the King George Pavilion at Sandwell Valley Country Park on Wednesday 16 June and again on Saturday 19 June between around 3.30pm and 7pm.And in another attack, vandals wrecked floral displays and damaged benches at Dartmouth Park between around 4.30am and 7.30am on Monday 21 June.

As part of their enquiries into this incident, police are looking to identify four individuals who were caught on camera. Sunish Patel, Sandwell Valley Business Manager, said: “Sandwell’s parks are fantastic, well-maintained spaces. “But the malicious damage that was carried out by a handful of people is devastating for park users and our staff, depriving our communities of much-valued features and facilities. “The vandalism undermines the hard work of our staff who strive to ensure that thousands of people every year can relax and enjoy the fresh air and open spaces at Sandwell Valley Country Park and Dartmouth Park. “These are special places in the hearts of local people and the dedicated Friends Group.” Mr Patel confirmed the incidents were reported to the police.

He added: “We’re looking at the camera footage and working with residents and the police to try and identify those responsible and prevent further acts of vandalism. “The toilets at King George Pavilion continue to remain open for park users until 7pm each evening but if subject to any further damage, they may have to be closed earlier. “Park users are asked to report any suspicious or anti-social behaviour to the police using the Live Chat facility at www.west-midlands.police.uk or to the council by using MySandwell at www.sandwell.gov.uk/asb

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the damage being done or has any information about those responsible to report it to the police or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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