A weekend vandalism attack on a children’s play park in Creggan has been condemned by local community leaders.
Teenagers have been blamed for ripping up a rubber surface from the Multi Use Games Area at Bishop’s Field and breaking it up in the nearby children’s park.
The incident happened on Saturday night, close to an area known as Chapel Lane where groups of young people have been gathering to drink in recent weeks. The laneway was strewn with bottles, cans and blue bags yesterday morning.
The vandalism at the park was condemned by local councillors.
Sinn Féin colr. Kevin Campbell described the incident as an “absolute disgrace.”
“Creggan had experienced a lack of facilities for 20 years and the local Neighbourhood Management Team fought long and hard to have this £1 million facility built. That was not done so a tiny minority of mindless youths intent on wanton vandalism could destroy it,” he said.
He also called on parents to take responsibility for their children. “Parents have a major role to play. We believe the people who did this were around 14 or 15 years-old.
“They are ripping up the MUGA surface and having ‘rubber fights’ in the area. These are not outsiders coming in the area, it is people from Creggan. The younger brothers and sisters of those responsible probably use this park,” he said.
SDLP colr. Jim Clifford said also condemned the vandalism. “This is simple wanton vandalism. It is an attack on the local community in Creggan and the people of Creggan do not want it. They need to catch themselves on and leave community parks alone.
“They have been drinking in the area and the place had been left in a terrible state,” he said.