Despite the fact that ‘children’ (under the age of 18yrs is a child) tried to set fire to the new £50,000 play equipment, threatened volunteers, and children have set fire to a youngsters play facility in the playground – we, the Friends of Sandall Park, will not pack up and go home. We will not throw the towel in and say “That’s it we’ve had enough”. There are tens of thousands of people that visit the park annually, and those people get a lot of pleasure from what it has now become – a family friendly place for everyone to enjoy. For quite some years we’ve been able to say “There is no crime in Sandall Park”. That is obviously not the case at the moment. But it won’t be long before we will once again be able to say “There is no crime in Sandall Park” because we will get these numpties, these pondlife (no offence to pondlife). It might take some time, and we will need your help, but we will track them down and put a stop to it. That’s my promise to you – our park visitors and supporters.
Sandra Crabtree, Chairman FoSP.
On Wednesday 25th October two of our volunteers were threatened by yobs in the park CLICK HERE to read an article in the Doncaster Free Press that sums up the sequence of events that night.
Following the report by a well wisher that the youths were back in the park setting fire to th new play equipment, two members of FoSP went down. They spoke to a couple of lads; saw several motorbikes blatting round the golf course and then a gang of around 15 – 20 juveniles entered the park. Their behaviour was totally threatening and they surrounded the two volunteers, who they towered above. Some were on push bikes. They pulled their hoodies and balaclavas over their faces. One youth (none must have been older than 16yrs) said they were going to come back and fire bomb the play equipment. The police were called via 999 (incident 930) and the NRT were called. Once the NRT arrived the gang dispersed. These are someone’s sons and daughters (yes there were 3 girls). This was not a nice experience – but at least they know we’re not going to stand for it.
Th erecnt fire damage to our new play equipmnt has no been epaired by DMBC staff and is as good as new – ready Saturday’s launch…. see you there.
The new adventure play equipment in the park has been damaged after just a week. This is annoying more than anything else but the damage has to be repaired and does not bode well for future developments.
Whoever has done this does not live far from the park and we ask for vigilance in this area especially as the nights draw in.
Day One of the school holidays – and one of the gabions on the lake edging has been broken open to remove the boulders (again).
Please, please, please – let us know if you see anyone destroying our work. We need youngsters to respect the park and not make more work for the volunteers. We have enough to do as it is.