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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Parents will pay for kids’ park vandalism

Parents of youngsters who vandalise Aspatria’s largest park will be asked to pay for the damage – and their children will be banned from the area if the bill is not paid.

Alan Reay 2006
FINAL STRAW: Mayor Alan Reay

The threat has been made by Aspatria Town Council because of damage caused to the Memorial Park and its saplings, which were planted to honour the town’s war dead.

Town mayor Alan Reay said that park caretaker Michael Blair was spending as much time repairing the damage as on anything else.

He said: “As of now, whenever a child is identified as a vandal, their parents will receive a bill for the damage.

“If they don’t pay, their child will be banned until we deem it appropriate for them to return to the park.”

Soft matting on the playground has been damaged and the park’s remaining tennis court has been vandalised.

Mr Reay said the final straw for the council was when a sapling tree was destroyed.

He added: “Every tree in Memorial Park represents a fallen soldier. It is how we remember them. We lost a tree during recent storms so planted another in its place but it was just smashed.

“People in this town know what the trees represent and for this to happen during the centenary of the First World War is unacceptable.”

Have your say

Mr Reay has made a valid statement, which responsible parents should accept.
It's about time that parents took responsibility for their childrens actions & children started showing more resprect to others.

Posted by jim lamb on 25 June 2014 at 07:52

It's a nice idea. However, wouldn't it be better to report it to the Police? Youths committing criminal damage should be dealt with appropriately. Some parents can afford to pay for damage, some may want to - but many won't. CCTV would be the answer - it's time we had more.

Posted by Jon on 20 June 2014 at 23:34

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