Vile yobs destroyed store unit at local beauty spot

Chairman of Friends of Haigh Country Park and Coun Chris Ready at one of the three major clean-up operations

Chairman of Friends of Haigh Country Park and Coun Chris Ready at one of the three major clean-up operations

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HEARTLESS thugs vandalised a vital storage area at a Wigan beauty spot, plundering hundreds of pounds worth of equipment in the process.

Yobs destroyed the old model village unit at Haigh Hall Country Park which is used to hold items used for public events during a late-night rampage on Saturday.

I know we all say they will not win but unfortunately they are winning, we can’t go on replacing what they either smash up or steal and it is knocking the volunteers who give their time so that people can enjoy the crazy golf and the train and all the other things at Haigh

John Hulme

This is the third time in just six months the area - which also used to be Haigh Zoo – has been vandalised, sparking outrage from volunteers.

Friends of Haigh Country Park chairman John Hulme headed the clean-up operation over the weekend. He said: “It’s really taking the heart out of all the volunteers here who have worked so hard to bring back vital amenities to Haigh Hall.

“I know we all say they will not win but unfortunately they are winning, we can’t go on replacing what they either smash up or steal and it is knocking the volunteers who give their time so that people can enjoy the crazy golf and the train and all the other things at Haigh.

“They also had another go at the benches on the crazy golf course and once again the volunteers have had to come out at the weekend and sort it out.”

Now volunteers and Wigan Leisure Culture Trust (WLCT) are urging people who have any information to come forward.

Mr Hulme added: “Please if you see anything that shouldn’t be happening vandal-wise at Haigh ring the police or let me know who they are if you know them.

“The FOHCP do not want to pull out of Haigh but I have to admit they are getting more than a little cheesed of with the lack of security, the time-consuming work clearing up after the idiots have finished damaging the place.”

WLCT has also promised to provide more secure storage space for equipment. A spokesman said: “I can confirm that a storage shed used by the Friends group was broken in to over the weekend. There was some damage to the fixtures and some equipment inside but nothing was stolen. We are working with the group to provide them with more robust storage space on site.”

In March vandals not only broke into the storage unit but also wrecked a special World War One display during a late-night rampage.

Among the mess discovered the following morning, the mannequin in a World War One soldier’s uniform had had its head removed. They were due to be used in an event which continues the War’s centenary commemorations.

Among the items stolen were a bush-trimmer, a leaf-blower and three pop-up gazebos.