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Vandals leave broken glass under children's play equipment

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:34 13 July 2018

Caroline Topping and Neil Goward with a pile of litter from the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles.  Picture: Nick Butcher

Caroline Topping and Neil Goward with a pile of litter from the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A children's play park is being overrun by anti-social teenagers who are leaving shattered glass under equipment and repeatedly starting fires.

Litter has become a major problem on the site of the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles.  Picture: Nick ButcherLitter has become a major problem on the site of the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

In recent months the play area in Bramley Rise, Beccles, known locally as Chicken Hill park, has been plagued by litter problems and intimidating behaviour from unruly teenagers.

The situation has got so bad that young children have said they are too scared to play there.

Broken glass and litter are a big problem at the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles.  Picture: Nick ButcherBroken glass and litter are a big problem at the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

Last week the town’s volunteer litter picking group, Beccles Bombles, cleaned up the area in order for youngsters to once again enjoy the facilities.

They also put up an anti-littering sign in a bid to deter repeat behaviour.

Caroline Topping is calling for the teenagers repeatedly vandalising and littering on and near the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles to stop. Picture: Nick ButcherCaroline Topping is calling for the teenagers repeatedly vandalising and littering on and near the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles to stop. Picture: Nick Butcher

However, one week on the poster has been ripped down, set alight, and its charred remains added to the ever eternal pile of bottles, cans and cigarette butts.

Caroline Topping, who helped set up the volunteer group, said: “Literally one week on and there is a lot of litter all over again - it’s our worst spot in the whole town.

Broken glass and litter are a big problem at the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles.  Picture: Nick ButcherBroken glass and litter are a big problem at the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

“It gets a bit demoralising after a while. We are trying to get children enjoying the equipment only for others to ruin it.”

She added: “There is broken glass below the play equipment and at the bottom of the slide and patches of grass which have been set on fire.

Litter has become a major problem on the site of the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles.  Picture: Nick ButcherLitter has become a major problem on the site of the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

“The children who should be using the slide are literally going to lacerate their legs and arms on the glass.

“They risk the shock and trauma of experiencing that in an area where they should be experiencing pleasure.”

Litter has become a major problem on the site of the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles.  Picture: Nick ButcherLitter has become a major problem on the site of the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

Mrs Topping, who is also a Beccles town and Waveney district councillor, said she had spoken to two young girls who explained they were now too scared to use the equipment.

She said: “The teenagers are down there every night. The equipment is for young children, not teenagers. What’s the point of having the play area if they can’t use it?”

Litter has become a major problem on the site of the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles.  Picture: Nick ButcherLitter has become a major problem on the site of the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

During the litter pick another “worrying” discovery was made as youngsters pointed out a ‘fire pit” in the nearby woodland.

Mrs Topping said: “A fire in a dry wooded area could get out of control very quickly and they could easily be trapped.”

Caroline Topping is calling for the teenagers repeatedly vandalising and littering on and near the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles to stop. Picture: Nick ButcherCaroline Topping is calling for the teenagers repeatedly vandalising and littering on and near the Bramley Rise Play Area in Beccles to stop. Picture: Nick Butcher

Beccles Town Council is currently considering installing its mobile CCTV system at the play park to act as deterrent.

Mrs Topping added: “It’s an option the council are exploring to see what is going on and who is doing this.”

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