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Newark: Pleas for vandals to stop after spate of attacks in city

  • By Tom Oakley
  • BBC News, Nottingham

image source, Newark and Sherwood District Council

image caption, Two fences were knocked down in Sconce and Devon Park

A leading councilor has called on vandals in a Nottinghamshire town to stop a spate of criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.

Several Newark-on-Trent visitor attractions have been targeted in recent weeks.

Sites affected since late April include Sconce and Devon Park and Newark Library.

Paul Taylor, from Newark and Sherwood District Council, said the vandalism was “unacceptable”.

Mr Taylor, the council’s head of public protection and community relations, said the authority was determined to crack down on the problem.

image source, Nottinghamshire County Council

image caption, The windows at the Newark Library were broken after being recently installed on the roof

The measures included releasing offenders on behavior contracts and banning orders from certain areas, he said.

“There is a problem with vandalism,” Mr Taylor said.

“The behavior is totally unacceptable and we will not tolerate it.

“We must work together as a community to deter and identify the culprits who are blatantly disrespecting our district.

“I would urge them to stop and I would urge them to turn themselves in to the police before they knock on the door.”

Fencing and a tree in a community orchard were damaged in Sconce and Devon Park over the weekend of May 4-6, the council said.

image source, Newark and Sherwood District Council

image caption, A tree was also felled by vandals in the park

Nottinghamshire Police said they were investigating the latest vandal attack in the city’s park.

Inspector Charlotte Ellam added: “It really should go without saying, but this kind of behavior is unacceptable and we are working alongside Newark and Sherwood District Council to identify those responsible.

“Tackling anti-social behavior has been a neighborhood policing priority for our area for some time as we fully understand the impact it can have on communities.”