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Newark and Sherwood District Council reaches out to residents to help stop vandalism at Sconce and Devon Park

Residents are being asked to help with the investigation into multiple incidents of vandalism to a green flag awarded park.

Over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, Sconce and Devon Park in Newark was subject to a spate of vandalism.

It included a number of fences being damaged, damage to a tree in the new community orchard and multiple occurrences of individuals riding horse traps across the park.

Damaged fence at Sconce and Devon park
Damaged fence at Sconce and Devon park

Newark and Sherwood District Council is reaching out to residents to ask for help in the investigation to these incidents.

Paul Taylor, portfolio holder for public protection and community relations, said: “We cannot tolerate behaviour such as this, and we must work together as a community to deter and identify culprits who blatantly disregard our district.

“If you know anything about who has been involved in these incidents, please report them. You can do it anonymously and your information could be really useful in our investigations.

“We are working extremely hard to improve safety and security within our district and we will continue to do all we can to reduce anti-social behaviour and take action against offenders.

“We are committed to a hard-hitting program of measures to achieve this, including holding our third Multi-Agency ASB Summit, where partners from across our district are coming together to collectively look at what more we can do to crack down on offences such as this recent spate of vandalism.

“We cannot accept these selfish and inconsiderate acts and I am committed as ever to keeping our parks and green spaces safe for our residents.”

Damaged fence at Sconce and Devon park
Damaged fence at Sconce and Devon park
Damaged tree at Sconce and Devon park
Damaged tree at Sconce and Devon park

Emma Oldham, portfolio holder for biodiversity and environmental services at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “Sconce and Devon is a beautiful and treasured place for residents and visitors to enjoy. So much effort goes into keeping this park a safe and welcoming place, from the work of our Park Rangers and Street Scene Team, to our dedicated volunteers who regularly give up their time to help improve and maintain the park.

“The vandalism from over the Bank Holiday not only affects residents and visitors enjoyment of the park but it also causes harm to the nature and wildlife Sconce and Devon is home to, and to see it being thoughtlessly damaged is extremely disheartening.

“These repeated cases of vandalism are not acceptable, and I encourage anyone with information that could help us hold the perpetrators accountable to please get in touch.”

Anyone who may have information on these incidents is encouraged to report to the District Council at www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/asb.

People can also contact the Police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or at report through the crime stoppers website.

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