Posted: Wed 7th Aug 2013

Major vandalism incident at Wepre Riverside, Shotton

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Aug 7th, 2013

Coastal Rangers from the Flintshire Countryside Service stepped in to carry out urgent repairs on the Wales Coast Path recently following a major vandalism incident at Wepre Riverside, Shotton. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Pictured repairing the damage are Josh Evans and Alan McKeown
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Members of the public contacted Coastal Rangers about vandalism to gates, fencing, a noticeboard and a fingerpost near the railway bridge. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Karen Rippin, Coastal Ranger said “We arrived to find glass across the cyclepaths, a smashed and burned noticeboard, 15 metres of wrecked fencing, a ripped and smashed gate and cyclists and dog walkers dodging the debris. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The local farmer’s cattle were in danger of accessing Shotton via Rowleys Drive so we rescheduled our day to carry out repairs with Flintshire’s Footpath Inspector, John Davies. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

This is the second time that this noticeboard has been vandalised and it is disappointing that it has been vandalised again, only two days after major repair.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The incident, which happened last week, has been reported to the Police who attended the scene and who are working closely with Coastal Rangers to stem further acts of vandalism. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Environment, said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I am hugely disappointed that this vandalism has occurred. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Wales Coast Path is a great asset to the area and is there for everyone to enjoy.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Members of the public who witnessed this incident, or who notice any anti social behaviour in the area, are asked to contact North Wales Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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