‘Disgust’ at vandalism of children’s play area

SDLP activist Thomas Larkham surveys damage to the children's play park at Pinebank
SDLP activist Thomas Larkham surveys damage to the children's play park at Pinebank

Vandals who destroyed a children’s play area in Craigavon have been widely condemned.

SDLP activist Thomas Larkham said he was ‘totally disgusted by the vandalism which has occurred at Pinebank playpark’.

Damage to the play area at Pinebank

Damage to the play area at Pinebank

“Someone has decided it would be a good idea to cover pieces of equipment and the matting in the park that is used by the local community with paint- totally pointless and destructive!

“I am aware of another incident at the start of the week where graffiti appeared on the fence of a house close to the park so they may be linked,” said Mr Larkham.

“I have contacted council to have the play park cleaned and the paint removed urgently!

“If anyone has any information relating to this latest spat of vandalism please contact PSNI on 101.”

Damage to the play area at Pinebank

Damage to the play area at Pinebank

Sinn Féin Representative Michael Tallon described the vandalism in Pinebank as reckless.

Speaking after the incident, Mr Tallon said: “Those involved in vandalising this playpark are reckless vandals and their actions are outwardly rejected by the local community.

“We have reported this and would call on anyone with information to contact the PSNI.

“We will seek a meeting with council officials to agree a long term solution for the anti-social behaviour plaguing this park and nearby residents.”

Damage to the play area at Pinebank

Damage to the play area at Pinebank