- From: "Ret." <xxx@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 10:37:41 +0100
Some 12 months ago our local parish council raised enough money to create a brand new play area in the village. The usual things - swings, climbing frames, etc. The entire area was 'paved' with soft crumb rubber 'carpet' with hop-scotch patterns and footprints' moulded into it. The play park was surrounded by metal fencing and the gates locked at night.
It was a really nice play area and my wife and I take our grand-daughter there regularly when she stays.
Of course the inevitable has happened, the local vandals have been in, spray painted obscenities all over the equipment and the flooring, ripped huge chunks of the rubber flooring up, and generally trashed the place.
This sort of thing makes my blood boil. You can 'understand' burglary or shop-lifting because there is something to be gained from it - but wanton destruction just for the sake of it is beyond me.
Whenever, in my previous occupation, I had to caution youths for vandalism like this, I always tried to find out just what prompted them to do it.
The usual answer? : "We were just having a laugh..."
Quite frankly, humane destruction is too good for these sort of brainless yobs.