Recent news - December 2013

Gate vandalism & Fly tipping

December - Gate vandalised, again .....
Over the Christmas period and for the second time in 2013 our main gate has been vandalised.  We say - vandalised - but that's being kind, as on both occasions the damage to the gate and the associated furniture leads us to believe it was a concerted attempt to gain illegal access to the park.

The photos below show the results of this nefarious activity, and as in the previous "vandalism" episode in August a vehicle was used.  Reported to us as  storm damage  by a local resident, the main post for the  kissing  gate shows evidence of a bent padlock and hasp, and witness marks to the gate post where a chain or hawser has been used to pull the post out of the ground breaking it off in the process.  The remainder of the post still in the ground shows the damage to have occurred in the direction of the car park opposite to that of the recent storms, also tyre marks for a large van or flatbed truck are evident in the grass verge.

Apologies for the quality of the photos, it was nearly dark and raining heavily when they were taken.

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November - fly tipping .....
November 2013 saw a large amount of household rubbish fly-tipped by the recycling bins in the car park.  Including a television, bed, mattress, gas bottle, chest of drawers and cardboard boxes.  You would think that having taken the trouble to load that lot onto a truck it would have been just as easy to take it to the North Lane recycling centre, but hey-ho, the brawn was willing, but the brain could not navigate to North Lane!.

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August - Gate vandalised, again ! .....
These photos are of the previous attempt to gain access to the park in late August.  The damage this time was a much lower key affair where an upright on the gate holding the hasp was split, so the hasp could be removed rendering the lock useless, but so the gate appeared to be intact unless inspected closely.  Luckily a local resident out walking his dog reported it to us straight away as he had spotted two men with a flatbed truck backed up to the gate and acting suspiciously,  "No mate, the gate was broken when we found it, honest".  We were able to chain the gate closed and the gate was replaced by Rushmoor, along with it's post, within a few days.

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If you see any vandalism, damage or disturbance in the park, please do not get involved, just phone the Police on the usual number - 999 or 112 (mobiles)

If you have any news for Brickfields Country Park please e-mail at The Friends of Brickfields Country Park.

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