Vandals try to start blaze in Kings Gardens

Vandals try to start blaze in Kings Gardens

Quick thinking pleasure land staff chased off a group of youths after they tried to set fire to a victorian shelter in Kings Gardens over the weekend.

Luckily there was no lasting damage done to the shelter and the scene was assessed by the fire brigade. However Pleasurleand boss Normal Wallis has now written to the Friends of Kings Gardens group asking them to support pleasureland in a bid to stop further vandalism and damage

He said: “On Saturday evening (19th November) around 10pm our security officer noticed a fire starting in King’s Gardens.  A number of us went into the park and saw that a group of youths had begun a fire in the shelter opposite the Royal Clifton Hotel.


As we approached the youths got on their bikes and sped off as soon as they saw us.  The Fire Brigade did attend but the fire had been put out by then.  Fortunately the shelter did not catch fire but this could have been a very different story.  The whole shelter could have been destroyed and what a terrible shame that would have been.

Recently there seems to have been far too much of this wanton vandalism in King’s Gardens andI feel very strongly that we should be able to work together to find a solution.   We must accept that councils all over the country including Sefton are strapped for resources and enduring major cuts.  However I do feel that if we put our heads together there must be a practical and cost effective way to reduce or even eliminate the amount of vandalism that is happening in King’s Gardens at the moment.

I would welcome discussions and/or emails to try and find a solution to this problem that would not need the introduction of an external security company and the associated costs which clearly we are not in a position to afford.


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