THE West Armagh Consortium is calling on youths responsible for vandalising a children’s play area to consider the danger they are putting youngsters in.
It follows several incidents when bottles were smashed in and on play equipment in the play park at Sherry Field Sports Complex.
West Armagh Consortium spokwesperson Stephen Fields said: “It is clear from the number of times that this has happened and where the bottles have been smashed that it is not the actions of some f’ling it away’ vandals.
“The play equipment itself appears to be the target with glass being deliberately broken in and around- as well as on top of – equipment.
“In some cases, this glass appears to be strategically placed where young children would be playing in what can only be assumed is an effort to inflict as must hurt as possible on unsuspecting children.
“We have pictures of bottles having been broken and placed at the top and bottom of slides.”
Mr Fields branded the incidents or vandalism as “deplorable acts” which “go beyond the wanted destruction of community facilities”.
He added: “The individuals involved in this are deliberating targeting young children. This is an obvious conclusion considering where they are breaking the bottles and, in some cases, deliberately placing some of the broken glass.
“Thankfully no child has been injured by these acts. The result has been that the park has had to remain closed on several occasions while council staff clean up the glass.
“As community representatives, we would urge these young people to stop this very dangerous and destructive behaviour. We would urge anyone seeing this behaviour to report it to the police, their local community representatives, or both.
“All it takes is a sliver of glass to remain on a piece of equipment that a child is playing on for them to suffer a very serious cut. And before anyone turns a blind eye, remember that child could be yours.”