Beware Vandals in Prescot’s Parks

By on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Prescot Town Council have asked residents to be vigilant in the town’s parks and public spaces.

The parks have been “plagued by antisocial and destructive behaviour over the summer period,” according to Town Clerk Dan Wilson.

In 2016, Eaton Street Park was the subject of several arson attacks, culminating in the destruction of a basket swing and the systematic burning of park benches.

“With little left to burn on site, the vandals have moved their attention to the bowling green, using a shopping trolley to ram the fencing and gain access,” said Daniel.

“These same louts are often under the influence of cannabis and alcohol and provide a less than welcoming approach to the park, behaviour which is illegal in itself and worthy of reporting.”

Browns Field, off Wood Lane, also gets it share of unwanted antisocial behaviour. The evening of 21 August saw the surfacing around playground equipment torn away from the ground (pictured).

“Ultimately this type of behaviour costs the tax payer thousands each year,” Daniel said, “and deprives those whom the equipment is intend for, which in this case is young children. This money should be spent on improvements, not repairs.”

He continued: “With resources squeezed tighter than ever, the police have less of a street presence than ever before, and therefore it is absolutely vital that local residents report any antisocial behaviour or vandalism as it is happening, to direct resources to problem.

“Unfortunately in the face of continued public sector funding cuts, the town council cannot replace damaged equipment indefinitely

“This problem cannot be tackled without the support of residents. If these acts are not reported when they are happening, those responsible will never be caught.

“If you see any acts of vandalism taking place, please pick up the phone and call the police as soon as possible.”

You can call 999 if a crime is in progress, or dialling 101 will put you through to your nearest police station in a non-emergency situation.


  1. Angry

    Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I witnessed the little scum bags throwing the ripped up surfacing all over the playground! They don’t care & even carry on when there are children there. I am so annoyed that yet again the place that my 3 year old loves to play in has been ruined. Last week the girls were screaming & shoutung all over the place at 3am! Do their parents not know where they are? The council do a great job of tidying up after these idiots and I’d like to thank them for that but think we could do a few more police patrols.

  2. Mick

    Friday, October 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Nothing ever happens to them when they are caught and that’s the problem. I grew up playing on the rec in the 50s we never did anything like this. Maybe parents are to blame with the lack of discipline, the discipline schools are unable to help with these days.
    God help us in future if this rabble are our future.

  3. Prescot Man

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Maybe we need to build special parks for these special children, where they can destroy whatever they want or each other? when I was a kid there was waste land everywhere you could go and run riot on and nobody bat an eye lid. Its all been taken up now with housing so the destructives ones have nothing to destroy other than the things we want to keep.

    They we probably leave school with nothing so why not get them into demolition now? they obviously have a nack for it!

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