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Dunbeth Park In Coatbridge Suffers Vandalism
A Coatbridge park is being targeted by heartless vandals bent on destruction — with the latest incident seeing stolen bins set on fire.
Broken bottles, needles and damaged plant life have also become regular sights at Dunbeth Park.
One local resident, said: “I came across the latest vandalism while out walking with my dog on Saturday afternoon. There were bins emptied and burned and broken bottles and rubbish strewn about.
“It could have had horrendous consequences if the fire had spread. This is just one of the many unpleasant sights I have came across during the few years I have started walking in the park.
“These include smashed glass bottles, needles and pulled out plants and trees, not to mention the mess left after Bonfire Night each year, where there are metal rods left stuck in the ground for defenceless animals or children and adults to be seriously injured if they step on them.
“Nothing seems to being done about the vandalism. I feel the park should be monitored by police patrol, especially late at night.”
A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Actions like burning bins on park grounds are simply unacceptable.
“Also, as always, we will be taking a tough stance in relation to fireworks and those found in possession of these items — if they are underage or deemed to be using them in an anti-social manner — will be dealt with.
“Police now have the power to search and, in certain circumstances, arrest without warrant any person under-18 they believe may be in possession of a firework.
“We would ask anyone who witnesses any vandalism in Dunbeth Park to call police on 101.
A council spokesperson added: “The park is regularly patrolled by our staff to pick up litter and empty bins and we address any incidents of vandalism as quickly as possible.
“A wheelie bin was set on fire within the last week and this was cleared up promptly.
“However, we are not aware of any particular problem in Dunbeth Park.
“We appreciate residents reporting any issues via our customer contact centre Northline on 01698 403110 as this allows us to deal with the problem.
Community group Friends of Dunbeth Park are looking for volunteers to help keep the park tidy.