vandals damage new wooden seating in Highbridge's Apex Park
vandals have damaged a unique 16-seat wooden bench that was installed
in January this year at Highbridge's Apex Park.
of the seating supports and upward wooden slats have been broken
and deliberately ripped from the frame, Sedgemoor District Council
said this week.
council said it is "saddened" by the incident and it
has asked for any witnesses to contact police.
£800 circular woodland walk seating area was
unveiled in January with the project being led by the Friends
of Apex Park alongside Sedgemoor District Council. Bridgwater
College carpentry students expertly designed, made and installed
Police are interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen
two males who were wearing purple T-shirts in the woodland seating
area on Tuesday afternoon (21st April) between roughly 2.45pm
and 3pm. Sedgemoor Districts Council's CCTV team are also assessing
council spokeswoman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The affected
area has been assessed and cordoned off as necessary. We had hoped
to complete some immediate minor repairs on Wednesday, but due
to the nature of the damage this has not been possible."
more expert repair is required, estimates to ascertain the cost
of the damage will need to be completed before a full repair can
take place. Whilst we have left as much of the seating area open
as possible we would like to apologise to any park visitors unable
to use the woodland seating area during this time such
acts are beyond the councils control. The vandalism is particularly
disappointing given the effort of local students to build and
install the much-used seating area."
spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police added: "Anyone with
information about this incident can contact us on 101 and quote
ref: 40479/15. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555 111."