Appeal after damage to town play park

Vandalism at the playpark in Hollybrae, Kirkcaldy
Vandalism at the playpark in Hollybrae, Kirkcaldy
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POLICE are continuing to appeal to locals for information after a playpark in Kirkcaldy north was damaged by vandals.

John Mainland, chairman of Kirkcaldy North Community Council, has called on residents in the Chapel area of the town to report acts of vandalism to the police, following the damage done to a popular play area, located between Stock Street and Heron Place in the Hollybrae estate, at the beginning of the month.

It has had a large chunk of its rubber surface torn up in what appears to have been a deliberate act of vandalism. It is estimated the repair will cost hundreds of pounds.

Mr Mainland told The Press: “I saw the damage when I went to have a look on my way home from work last week.

‘’It is unfortunate that youngsters using the park will lose out because of one senseless act of vandalism.

“I must say that it is pleasingly rare to hear reports of vandalism in that area, but we need to get the message out that these are facilities for everybody.

“They cannot be used if they are damaged and if anybody sees any damage being caused they must report it to the police.

“If everyone plays their part, we can make sure play areas like this can be kept safe so that everyone can benefit from using them.”

Local councillor Neil Crooks, who is also chairman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “I am dismayed that play areas are targeted by mindless bored individuals who seem to have no respect for our community.

“What possible positive benefit can be gleaned from vandalism like this I really don’t know. As usual it’s the majority who suffer for actions of a tiny minority and I support the police call for information from the public.”

Community sergeant Scott Murray is leading the inquiry.

He said: “We are appealing for any witnesses to come forward and contact us about this.

“What started off as a small hole in the rubber surface has now become a larger hole by youths picking as it and throwing the stone base around.”

A spokeswoman for Taylor Wimpey, which is responsible for the playpark, said: “Taylor Wimpey East Scotland is aware of the situation at the playpark on Stocks Street in Kirkcaldy and is currently in consultation with Fife Council regarding what repairs are to be carried out and a timescale for these works.”

>> Anybody with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.