Vandals damage boardwalk at Newmillerdam

04/06/2018, PR8811

Damage caused by vandals at Newmillerdam boardwalk

The Council is calling on the public to report any information to the Police after vandals caused damage at Newmillerdam Country Park last weekend.

A serious fire has caused significant damage to the boardwalk, viewing platform and the bridge across the stream. The ferocity of the fire has also damaged several nearby trees.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: “This is an absolutely appalling act of mindless vandalism which will cause lasting damage to the park. The fire has destroyed local wildlife, badly damaged several trees and has spoiled this area of the park for visitors.

“Our parks are fantastic places to visit and it is shocking that anyone would cause such damage. I do want to remind people that it is a relatively small area of the park that has been affected and Newmillerdam is open and available for visitors to enjoy. We are working with the friends group to repair the damage caused.

“It has been reported to the Police and we ask anyone with any information to contact them on 101.”

Unfortunately this isn’t the first time the boardwalk has been targeted. A fire was also deliberately started at Newmillerdam in 2016, completely destroying the boardwalk and viewing platform. The Friends of Newmillerdam rebuilt the boardwalk and viewing platform at a cost of £6,000.

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