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Newbury's Victoria Park hit by vandals

Trees snapped off, offensive graffiti sprayed and drugs paraphernalia recovered

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Victoria Park in Newbury hit by vandals

TOWN councillors have condemned “mindless” acts of vandalism and anti-social behaviour in Newbury’s Victoria Park. 

Several established trees have been snapped from their stumps over the past three weeks, while others have been heavily damaged and patches of vegetation destroyed.

A bike stand has also suffered damage, while rose beds have been ripped up. 

In total, four separate incidents have been reported to Thames Valley Police – three of which have occurred over the past five days.

On June 18, offensive graffiti was spray painted on the path adjacent to the skate park while another offender spray painted more around the bandstand.

The writing repeatedly referred to a group believed to be called TP Gang or Turnpike Gang.

It has cost the town council £250 to remove.

Two days later, two more established trees were snapped off and another heavily damaged next to the skate park, resulting in £400 worth of damage.

On June 21, three other established trees by the skate park plantation were snapped and a pair of spiral topiary bushes were destroyed, while another next to the bowls club also suffered damage.

There were reports from members of the public that same evening of a microwave being thrown around the play park, resulting in £1,400 worth of damage.

Some individuals have reportedly been seen drinking and playing loud music in the evening, while drugs paraphernalia has also been recovered.  

Miles Evans, deputy leader at Newbury Town Council (Con, Victoria), condemned the behaviour and said: "Mindless vandalism of this sort has no place in our local community and we're determined to stamp it out. 

"That's why I'm calling for anyone with information to contact the police on 101.

"Resolving these issues essentially wastes ratepayer's money that should be being spent on exciting future projects." 

In a statement, Thames Valley Police said they were encouraging officers to route through the park on their way into town and urged residents to report any incidents as soon as possible. 

Part of the statement read: “Please do spread this message to anyone concerned – time is absolutely of the essence if we are to catch these people.”

See next week's Newbury Weekly News for more on this story. 

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  • Tommy82

    27/06/2018 - 13:01

    Its not the councils fault, society is in the toilet, people should respect their surroundings and enjoy the life we have, too many little gobsh*tes thinking the world owes them a favour and they can do what they want.

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  • NewburyResident

    22/06/2018 - 15:03

    Miles the whole of Newbury Town council is a waste of tax payers money. are you going to stamp that out by abolishing the NTC?

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