Thieves target playground just weeks after opening

Hammock stolen in Worden Park
Hammock stolen in Worden Park

Heartless thieves have stolen play equipment from a Leyland playground just weeks after it was opened.

The playground in Worden Park underwent a £112,500 facelift earlier this year and work was finally completed just weeks ago.

But the state-of-the-art playground has been hit by thieves who took a plastic and metal hammock.

Coun Peter Mullineaux, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and street scene, said the people behind the attack should be ashamed.

He said: “I am appalled by this act of theft and whoever was behind it should be ashamed of themselves.

“The new playground at Worden Park has been open for less than a month and for this to happen already is a real shame.

“The hammocks were attached to the framework with chains and shackles and this was by no means a chance theft, whoever did this came in the night with tools for the job.”

The equipment will cost around £1,000 to replace.

The facelift included 15 new pieces of equipment designed to give a better experience for disabled visitors.

This included climbing nets, a roundabout designed for wheelchair users, basket swings and a sensory wheel.

A see-saw has also been relocated, and the old net structure was extended and joined together by the hammocks, which have been taken.

Coun Mullineaux said: “It will cost the council, and therefore taxpayers, around £1,000 to replace the stolen equipment and this money could have been put to better use.

“We will, however, be replacing the equipment as soon as possible.

“We will not tolerate this behaviour and will work with police to find those responsible. I would urge anybody with information about his incident to contact the police.”

A spokesperson for Leyland police confirmed they were investigating the incident and encouraged anyone with information to come forward and contact them on 0845 1253545 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.