Surfacing Damage 2020-03-16

Help find the vandals who keep destroying a new kids’ play area in Farnborough

Heartless vandals have again caused damage to a new children’s playground in Farnborough – for the second time in a week – before it has even opened to the public.
Local families looking forward to using the new playground in Moor Road have been left devastated after the new equipment and safer surfacing being installed was vandalised for the second time. Serious damage was caused to the contractors’ machinery last month.
The playground is the first part of a £470,000 project that will see a BMX pump track, a multi-use games area and outdoor exercise equipment installed at the site.
The new playground equipment, including swings, mini-trampolines, multi-play areas, sensory features and slides, has been funded by contributions from developers who have built new homes locally, with a quarter of the money donated by Prospect Estate Big Local (PEBL).
Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Head of Operational Services at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: “Vandals have caused thousands of pounds of damage to this new community facility and machinery, in separate attacks – devastating local people who have been looking forward to it opening shortly.”
Sgt Mark Woodhead, of Farnborough Police, said: “We are appealing for anyone with any information on any of these incidents of vandalism to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Anyone who sees someone damaging equipment on the site should call 999.”