“Act of senseless destruction” at fishing ponds

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Mon 22nd January 2024

A council has expressed how “disheartened” it is following an incident of vandalism at a public open space in Derbyshire.
It is understood that the “act of senseless destruction” incident happened at Pennytown Ponds in Somercotes before Christmas and Amber Valley Borough Council are now calling for any witnesses to come forward.
A spokesman for the council said: “We are saddened to have to share news of recent vandalism at Pennytown Ponds.
“In the lead-up to Christmas, several seats were intentionally set on fire, fences damaged, seats thrown into the pond, and, regrettably, a memorial seat for the late councillor Brian Lyttle was completely destroyed.
“This act of senseless destruction has left us disappointed and disheartened and we extend our heartfelt condolences to those personally affected by this damage. It’s disheartening to see cherished public spaces tarnished in such a way.”
The spokesman continued: “We want to assure everyone that both Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service are actively investigating the incident.
“If you have any information that could assist their efforts, please report it to Derbyshire Constabulary on 101.
“Let’s come together as a community against such behaviour.”
Meanwhile a spokesman for Alfreton Police SNT said on the matter: “Anyone who can help with our investigation should contact us using any of the below methods, quoting the reference 24*33284
“Website – We have crime reporting tools on our website; Facebook – send us a private message to the Derbyshire Constabulary Facebook page; X (formerly Twitter) – direct message our contact centre via @DerPolContact; Phone – call us on 101
“You can also anonymously contact the independent charity CrimeStoppers, on 0800 555 111, or by visiting the CrimeStoppers website.”

Photo is from Amber Valley Borough Council Facebook page

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