Plea to report car park vandals

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Thursday 16 June 2011

Peak District National Park Authority rangers and Derbyshire Police issued the warning after more than £600 damage was caused to rural car parks at Tideswell Dale, Friden, Moor Lane and Parsley Hay in a series of incidents over the past two weeks.

This has included picnic tables, benches and bins being destroyed or removed, bollards broken and car park surfaces damaged by 4x4 vehicles.

Ranger and policeman with litter

The Peak District National Park Authority has spent £620 replacing two picnic tables and a steel bollard, in addition to the cost of staff time repairing and replacing items and picking up several sacks of litter left by the revellers.

Dave Watts, Trails Ranger for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “At a time when our budget has been reduced due to the Government cutbacks it is extremely frustrating to have to spend precious money repairing things that have been damaged by anti-social behaviour.

“We would ask all residents and visitors to ring the police immediately if they see anyone causing damage or know the people responsible for the vandalism incidents over the past couple of weeks.”

Tideswell Safer Neighbourhood officer PC Kevin Lowe said: “Damage to property of any kind is unacceptable. The anti-social behaviour of a few people has caused criminal damage and left broken glass and litter at several car parks in the national park which spoils the enjoyment for everyone.”

Tideswell Dale is part of the Wye Valley Site of Special Scientific (SSSI) interest, protected because of its geological interest of 340 million year old volcanoes that erupted sending lava into the tropical sea that covered much of the UK at the time.

Derbyshire Police is investigating all the vandalism incidents and the Police and rangers are carrying out more patrols on car parks to try and prevent the problem being repeated.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents should contact Derbyshire Police on 0345 123 3333.

This is an archived press release

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