Play equipment tampered with at two Stansted parks
Urgent repairs have been carried out to children's play equipment in Stansted after it was discovered that bolts securing a set of swings had been deliberately loosened.
Stansted Parish Council has issued a warning asking users to be on the lookout for anyone seen tampering with equipment at any of the village's five main playgrounds or three smaller ones.
The council's handyman was called out to immediately repair the swings at Mountfitchet Green on Thursday (March 4) – the second such repair in less than two weeks. The first, at Bentfield Green, was reported to council chair Maureen Caton.
Parish councillor Jonathan Harding, who has worked to improve play facilities in the village said: "It's just a ludicrously dangerous thing to do if someone is tampering with equipment."
Parish clerk Ruth Clifford said the incidents appeared "very suspicious" and police had been informed.
"We inspect the play areas every Friday and it was all absolutely fine last week, but when we got this latest report there was something very suspicious about the bolts on the swings," she said.
"It appears somebody has deliberately loosened the bolt on the swing, the same type of equipment that was tampered with at Bentfield, and we just have a feeling that this is not right and that we ought to make people aware."
In a statement on its Facebook page, the parish council said: "The Council undertakes full weekly inspections of all our equipment and our now increasing the frequency of inspections in light of this information.
"We ask all visitors to our play areas to be vigilant and to report any damage to us by emailing email@example.com. If anyone sees anybody tampering with equipment please report this to the police also. Essex Police have been notified of our concerns."