WRECKERS: Bianca Claydon with son Blake Claydon, 6 at the play equipment at See Park that has been given a temporary fix after another round of vandalism. Photo Adam Hourigan
WRECKERS: Bianca Claydon with son Blake Claydon, 6 at the play equipment at See Park that has been given a temporary fix after another round of vandalism. Photo Adam Hourigan

Vandals strike again at See Park

VANDALS have struck the new See Park playground in Grafton, less than two months after it opened to the public.

The potentially dangerous act of vandalism was discovered by mother of two Bianca Claydon when she took her children to play in the park on Sunday.

As the children played, she noticed two bolts had been removed from a piece of playground equipment at the park

"A couple of ropes were hanging down from the 'spider web'," she said.

"The bolts look like they've been undone or just broken."

Ms Claydon said she immediately contacted Clarence Valley Council about the potentially dangerous issue, and workers carried out repairs to the equipment first thing Monday.

"It's not very old so you wouldn't think something like that would happen by itself. It doesn't look like the sort of thing that would just fall off," Ms Claydon said.

"It's a bit disappointing to see it was broken, especially after everyone was so excited about having it."

The playground, which opened in March, was built to replace equipment burnt to the ground by vandals in November.

Clarence Valley Council works and civil director Troy Anderson said it was highly irresponsible for people to vandalise playground equipment.

"This is where children play," he said.

"Removing bolts or other structures from equipment can make it unstable and innocent children could be injured.

"I hope they consider their actions in the future."

Mr Anderson said the council would prosecute anyone found to be vandalising playground or other council equipment.

Community members are reminded to report any vandalism in the Clarence Valley to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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