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Posted on: 5 February, 2019

Council turns to CCTV footage following vandalism attacks on Riverside Park and Cook Park

Security camera footage at Riverside Park is being reviewed following a spate of vandalism in Singleton CBD over the Australia Day long weekend.

Three sporting fields at Cook Park were damaged some time on Sunday or Monday, after hoons tore up the playing surface, breaking irrigation outlets and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

There have also been three separate incidents at Riverside Park including graffiti, irrigation damage, fence damage and tears to the park’s shade sail.

Mary-Anne Crawford, Council’s Acting Director Planning and Infrastructure Services Group said Council officers were reviewing CCTV cameras, and any footage related to these incidents would be passed onto Singleton police for further investigation.

“These senseless acts are irresponsible and an attack on the entire Singleton community,” Ms Crawford said.

“What is most disappointing is that this malicious damage is to public assets that are utilised most frequently by kids.

“Cook Park is currently being used by junior cricket clubs, while at Riverside Park we have seen fence posts kicked in and thrown onto the shade sail, graffiti, more damage to irrigation and even a knife thrown at the shade sail.

“The damage will cost tens of thousands of dollars to rectify, and is a blight on Council’s hard work to deliver and maintain these facilities that our community deserves.
“While it is unfortunate that security cameras are required at all, they are already working to ensure perpetrators are caught and I hope deter any future damage.

“I would also appeal to people in our community that if you do see any suspicious behaviour in or around our public spaces, please contact Singleton Police immediately.”

The success of the security cameras at Riverside Park were tested following a break in at the site in November last year, with police locating offenders the same day as reviewing footage.

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