Vandals causing misery for park users

Souter Park, in Whitley Bay, which has been targeted by vandals.
Souter Park, in Whitley Bay, which has been targeted by vandals.
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Vandals are continuing to cause major problems in a popular park.

Benches have been pulled up, walls destroyed and bowling greens damaged at Souter Park, in Whitley Bay.

The park, which is home to Whitley and Monkseaton Bowling Club, has undergone major refurbishment in recent years by North Tyneside Council.

But in the last few months the conservation area has been targeted by vandals, with problems increasing in the past three months.

Benches have been ripped up, and now removed, the bowling green damaged by people on bikes and concrete scattered.

Rosalind Hudson, club secretary, said: “This is a conservation area and these vandals are spoiling the whole area.

“The council has spent a lot of money on Souter Park and it’s criminal to see what they have done.

“They have ripped up new benches, one of which has been replaced twice, but they have now just been removed.

“These ‘youths’ have demolished part of the wall surrounding the green and thrown huge boulders on to it, they are also riding bikes and scooters, causing huge holes and deep ruts, which the council will have to repair, at a cost of hundreds of pounds.

“We have removed the boulders five times since the beginning of December, this has been reported to the police and the council, but unless they are caught in the act, there is little that can be done to prevent this issue.”