Articles: Hall of Shame

Info Board Damaged…..

We always do an assessment after a busy period in the park and we reckon Sandall Park was the busiest Park in the Borough over the BH weekend (probably).

Sadly some minor damage was caused to picnic benches (we’ll sort it). The worst thing was the information board near the Bog Garden was destroyed/Stolen….. another £40!

This is rare but it is the second time in a year that this particular board has been destroyed…… the memorial tree next to it has also been stolen. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

An interesting discussion on our Facebook page on this one too!


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Plant Theft……,

We have a thief in our midst. First one Cordyline was stolen from the square planter on the picnic area, and now another from the boat.

These are not cheap plants, they are not council owned but put in by FoSP volunteers.  Any information would be appreciated.

Stolen plant

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Crossbow Danger……..

Vigilance needed please. An empty box that had contained a crossbow was today found in the park. Needless to say this is not normal, worrying and of serious concern – especially regarding wildlife in the park.

We ask that everyone please be vigilant and report anything suspicious a) via 101 or b) to us in confidence via a PM (facebook) or by Email (and we will make sure the appropriate action is taken). Dial 999 if appropriate.

Nationally we hear of regular incidents where swans, geese and ducks have been shot with crossbows. Let’s be proactive and make sure this doesn’t happen in our park.

Please share, be aware and take appropriate action when safe to do so.
crossbow box

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Kids Hitting Ducks – Not Good!

Eyes peeled please. Report  that two youngsters were hitting the ducks with sticks and throwing stones at them.

Park Pics May 3013 011They were challenged by some ladies but ignored them and continued on their attack. This is on the run up to it getting dark so if you’re in the park at that time, please take note. The police and NRT have been informed.

Thanks very much.


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Don’t Nick the Daffs!

A parent was seen today supervising an apparent competition to see which of their children could collect the most daffodils. In fact armfuls of of daffs.

DaffodilsPicking cultivated flowers is theft. Picking cultivated flowers in Sandall Park is theft. Q: Who cultivated them? A: Mostly us.

DON’T DO IT! We planted them for everyone to enjoy.




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Quad Bike Damage…….

The following report appears in the Doncaster Free Press on-line following persistent damage to grass in the park by a quad bike rider.

Quad - giving fingerA masked quad bike rider who caused “huge” damage after rampaging through a Doncaster beauty spot is being hunted.
Mobile phone footage of the biker giving a one-finger salute and shouting abuse before tearing up football pitches at Sandall Park has emerged.

And now the volunteer group which helps care for the park has issued a plea in tracking down the yob in a bid to prevent a repeat.

Don Crabtree of Friends of Sandall Park said: “These quad bike problems go in phases.

“This latest one has caused a huge amount of damage to the park. He needs to be stopped before he injures someone.

“It is just a matter of time before someone, a child or a pet is knocked over and injured.”

The footage was captured on the morning of February 5 by a visitor to the park and copies of the film have now been sent to Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Police as well as the Free Press.

The royal blue quad bike was initially spotted coming across the football field from Clay Lane and drove past at speed before heading towards the old golf course.

The visitor, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: The quad started doing doughnuts on the grassed area before entering the old golf course.

“I could see through the gap in the hedge that the vehicle was doing doughnuts around the old golf course and ripping up the grass.”

Shortly afterwards, the bike, which has the words Quadzilla Power on the side of it, came back through the park along the footpath at speed, again tearing up football fields before exiting the park towards Clay Lane.

Added Mr Crabtree: “The aim of the Friends of Sandall Park is to make the park safe for everyone.

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers, the police or ourselves in confidence.

A video of the whole incident can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.



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