Woman dog walker and council condemn ‘chainsaw massacre’ that destroyed wooden benches in Wisbech Park

Wisbech Park, Vandalised Story telling bench. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech Park, Vandalised Story telling bench. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A woman protested that Wisbech Park is becoming “a no go area” after she spotted these wooden benches had been sawn up.

Wisbech Park, Story telling bench.

Wisbech Park, Story telling bench. - Credit: Archant

Barbara Taylor made the discovery when she took her dog for a walk at the weekend and said “horrified is not the word.

“What is happening to our lovely park? Where are the police? And why didn’t someone hear this being done and call the police? Our park is getting to be a no go area.”

Her views were echoed in part by Fenland District Council that provided this snap of the “original, pre vandalised benches.”

A spokesman said: “What makes people do this sort of thing? We work very hard to make Wisbech Park a beautiful place for local residents to enjoy.

Wisbech Park, Vandalised Story telling bench. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech Park, Vandalised Story telling bench. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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“Since we put these benches in place five years ago, loads of people have appreciated them being there and made good use of them.

“Now someone has come along and apparently taken a chainsaw to them. For what – some extra firewood or just mindless vandalism?”

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The spokesman said: “We have reported the incident to the police and urge anyone who may have information about what happened to contact them immediately.”

This traditional Victorian park has been open since 1869 and is home to several nationally important heritage landmarks, including the impressive Young Memorial Column (Grade II listed, 1872) and the traditional bandstand (Grade II listed, 1908). Wisbech Park has achieved the Green Flag since 2008.

Vandalism in Wisbech Park.

Vandalism in Wisbech Park. - Credit: Archant

It stretches out over 11 acres within the Bowthorpe Conservation Area, with large open grass fields and mature wooded areas.

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