Oban rallies after play park damage

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The chairman of a community play park group has praised the response of the public and police after ‘terribly sad’ vandalism took place.

Mean-spirited vandals struck after hours at the Oban Community Play Park next to Atlantis Leisure on Dalriach Road, with sculptures and a bench damaged, and a fire started.

The facility is much loved by five-year-olds and under and Oban Police have also criticised the ‘mindless’ behaviour and issued an official appeal for information.

Dave Ainscough, volunteer chairman of the Friends of Oban Community Play Park, said that since the damage was discovered there had been a brilliant response.

Oban Police had also been very quick to look into the matter.

However, with efforts already under way to replace equipment in the park, new damage to existing equipment was ‘terribly sad and frustrating’ for the group,  he said.

Parents have come forward this year to volunteer and improve the facility.

Mr Ainscough said: ‘It can’t happen again and it is very sad for the community but we have gone in and put it right where we can.’

At the weekend, supporters young and old helped with a major clear-up and were thanked for their ‘brilliant’ response.

All the litter in the play park was picked up along with that in the garden, field and surrounding grass verges.

Police in Oban say the damage to the playpark occurred between 4pm on Wednesday April 28 and 4pm the next day.

Sergeant Graeme Greenlaw said: ‘These were mindless acts of vandalism and little or no thought has been given to the impact it will have on the community who use the park, as well as the financial cost to repair the damage.

‘Enquiries are ongoing into these incidents and I would encourage anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously or indeed anyone who has knowledge of those responsible to please contact us.’

Anyone with information should call Police Scotland via 101, quoting reference LB02450421, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

To help the playpark visit www.facebook.com/ObanCommunityPlaypark/