Youths told to return to wrecked park

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THE yobs who trashed a Wigan park are to be made to return to the scene of their crime as part of their punishment.

Seven teenage boys will be clearing up Leyland Park, in Hindley, as part of Restorative Justice, after they caused damage to the area earlier this month.

Four 15 year olds and two 14 year olds admitted causing criminal damange and a 14-year-old boy was cautioned for causing racially aggrevated criminal damage. The latter was treated as a separate offence.

Insp Liz Sanderson, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “All parties were agreeable. Restorative Justice is a great way to show the community that they are now willing to pay and make amends for the damage they have caused.”

Coun Jim Talbot, an active member of Friends of Leyland Park, which works with Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) to improve the site, said: “Getting the youngsters to come back and clean up the park is a great idea.

“Hopefully this will give them a sense of pride and they will use the park responsibly in the future.

“We want the young people to use this park and have organised an event – Picnic In The Park – on Sunday August 25 aimed at them.

A variety of bands will be performing from noon until 8pm.”

A WLCT spokesman said: “The majority of people in Wigan take pride in their local parks and acts of vandalism are completely unacceptable.

“This graffiti was removed as soon as we were alerted to it.

Anyone who witnesses any acts of vandalism call Greenspaces on 486999.”