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Whitnash park vandals made to carry out community service

Leamington Editorial 27th May, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

VANDALS have been made to litter pick after they damaged an area of a Whitnash park.

As part of a £74,000 revamp in September 2012, new play equipment including a skate park was installed at Acre Close.

And in July 2013, an avenue of crab apple and cherry blossom trees were planted to help improve the overall look of the park.

But three of those trees – two of which were sponsored by nearby schools Whitnash Primary and Briar Hill – were destroyed by vandals in January 2014, which led Friends of Acre Close to appeal for help replacing them.

Members of the community rallied round to raise the funds but at the end of last month, the trees were damaged once again by vandals.

An investigation was carried out by police and having watched CCTV footage and liaised with local schools, the vandals were identified.

It was then agreed those responsible would make amends for the damage by providing a service to Acre Close, which included litter picking in the park for an hour each on a Saturday morning under the supervision of the town groundsman.

PC Neil Ward said: “By giving the victims the opportunity to suggest ways in which offenders can make amends for their actions, we hope to achieve a real sense of closure for them.

“This type of sanction also serves to show the offender the impact their actions can have, not only on the victim, but also on the wider community.”

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