Playground closed again because of ‘extreme vandalism’

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Continued vandalism has forced the closure again of the Bruff Community Playground

EXTENSIVE damage and acts of vandalism at Bruff playground has forced the closure of the facility amid concerns over child safety.

Gardai in the County Limerick town are investigating what they describe as “continuous and extreme” vandalism.

Last Thursday evening, extensive damage was caused to the protective surface coating of the playground.

In a facebook post, the committee responsible for the playground said that they were forced to shut the facility until repair works were carried out.

The vandalism has left locals reeling at the forced closure of the new facility that opened following extensive fundraising throughout 2014 and 2015.

Lynda posted on Facebook that it was “So sad to see this, all the hard work that went into raising funds, to getting the planning, the volunteers that sold so many tickets, to see it closed due to vandalism is a real shame.”

Dozens of similar comments were posted on the social media page as Yvonne said that “destructive individuals have no respect for property or the children for whom it was intended.”

Since its official opening in 2015, the playground has been forced to close on a number of occasions due to acts of criminal damage and vandalism including one occasion last year when the perimeter fence was cut down.

Gardai say that “it is well known who damaged the playground” and they are appealing to witnesses to come forward and contact them either on 061-382940 or the Garda confidential line of 1800 666111.

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