Vandals target park in Newport for second time in a week

Vandals target park in Newport for second time in a week

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Newport City Council has been joined by a cafe owner at a popular park in the city in calling for an end to vandalism after the area plagued by anti-social behaviour was targeted again.

Gwent Police received reports of anti-social behaviour in Belle Vue Park at around 10.15pm on May 22 after damage was caused to the bandstand.

Police say damage was also caused close to the bandstand, while broken bottles and other pieces of rubbish were found strewn across the park.

Newport City Council tweeted: “This was the scene in Belle Vue Park over the weekend after some thoughtless individuals vandalised the bandstand.”



Belle Vue Park in Newport

Jan Walsh, who runs the tea rooms in the park, says it is the second time in a week anti-social behaviour has occurred there, while she also had her marquee vandalised earlier this month, and has had to deal with regular incidents of littering.



The bandstand was damaged at the park on Saturday



Residents in the area say they can hear people in the park in the early hours of the morning, despite it being closed

“It’s really upsettin g and it keeps happening,” Ms Walsh said. “We put up a marquee next to the pavilion a couple of weeks ago and it lasted a day before we had to take it down because someone had urinated up it.

“It’s now the second weekend in a row where we’ve had bottles and glass smashed everywhere.

“Kids keep congregating here and residents complain about the noise in the early hours of the morning.

“I just hope they realise the damage they’re doing. I’m sure when they’re older they’ll want to come and enjoy events here. I hope they have a think about that now, and think about the challenges they’re giving us. It’s not fair.”



Jan Walsh says her marquee was vandalised within hours of it going up earlier this month



Litter at the bandstand at Belle Vue Park in Newport on Saturday



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A spokesman for Gwent Police said: “Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101, quoting log reference 551 22/05/21.

“You can also contact us via social media on Facebook and Twitter or you can report any information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”