Vandal attack

Yobs destroy a complete flower bed in Mesnes Park by uprooting every plant
Yobs destroy a complete flower bed in Mesnes Park by uprooting every plant

YOBS are being hunted for an act of “mindless vandalism” after rampaging through Wigan’s jewel-in-the-crown park.

Dismay and anger were today voiced after another attack on Mesnes Park.

It is currently at the centre of a multi-million-pound makeover, but a moronic minority seems bent on reversing the progress.

The latest distressing setback was the systematic ripping-out and shredding of all the colourful blooms from a flower bed near the entrance lodge last weekend.

Coun Chris Ready, the council’s cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “This latest example of mindless vandalism comes off the back of recurring damage to the bowling greens which is also becoming a concern for us. Damage of this kind results in a total waste of money and resources, and ruins a much-loved public facility which we are investing in for the benefit of the whole community.”

“All agencies including the police, council officers and the Leisure Trust have been working hard to minimise all types of anti-social behaviour in Mesnes Park. For instance, the hugely successful Operation Windburn multi-agency sports project which reduced anti-social behaviour in previous summers was back in play this summer holiday, offering positive diversionary activities for young people.

“This is just one example of the measures we use to tackle anti-social behaviour. Partner agencies take these incidents seriously and are committed to tackling all forms of anti-social behaviour and to prosecute those who are responsible.”