Anger at memorial bench damage

By Chris Were   |   Reporter   |
Saturday 19th March 2022 8:00 am
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A damaged Station Street drain.
(Keri-ann Heaven )

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Park benches and drains were among items vandalised in Ross in the past week.

Two young people were reported jumping on a Station Street drain, causing damage to it over the weekend.

Whilst the drain failed to fully break, there was substantial visible damage which could cause a tripping hazard.

Two memorial benches at the prospect were completely wrecked last Wednesday (March 10). The sides were torn off making the benches entirely unusable.

There was anger and disappointment from residents, particularly because they were memorial benches dedicated to loved ones.

Whilst a number of residents were upset at the recent vandalism, some have said on social media that this is a result of a lack of activities for young people.

Reports have been received by the Ross-on-Wye Safer Neighbourhood Team of people knocking doors and running away. A statement issued by PC Underwood said: "Though this may seem like fun to some, it has caused undue stress and upset to some of the vulnerable residents present. Do the parents of those responsible know where your children are this evening?"


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