More vandalism will close skate park – council

A youngster enjoying himself at the skatepark.
A youngster enjoying himself at the skatepark.

The activity pictured here at Longridge skatepark could be a thing of the past if vandalism currently plaguing the site does not stop.

This was a strong warning from Longridge Town Council, led by Coun Sarah Rainford, after she reported the problem which was raised at the latest meeting of PACT (Police and Community Together).

Wrecked railings on ramps and damaged gates were beyond repair locally and dangerous to skateboarders, and councillors decided to check the damage after the meeting before sorting repair responsibilities. They agreed the skatepark would , however, have to close while repairs were carried out.

The PACT meeting was attended by some new members and by PC Paul Fallon and 
PCSO Andrea Helm.

Reporting on it to council, Coun Rainford said that burglaries at the Mardale Spar shop had been occurring almost every day until the thief was “pinned down” as being from Preston and was apprehended.

Thefts of customers’ bikes from the Bike Shop on Derby Road were also reported, plus an amount of copper piping from the former Lynnets shop on Berry Lane while it was being refurbished for a hairdressing business.

And Coun Rainford 
reported someone had been caught for cultivating a cannabis farm in a caravan.