By Ross Findon
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
UPDATED WEDNESDAY 12:27*
WITH temperatures soaring and children enjoying the first days of the school holidays, the Isle of Wight Council has been forced to close a popular paddling pool due to broken glass.
The East Cowes paddling pool had to be closed and drained after smashed glass was found.
The council said on its Facebook page that the pool had been made safe, but would need to be refilled and the water treated.
*The pool re-opened this morning (Wednesday) according to the Isle of Wight Council's Facebook page.
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by Graeme Egerton
25th July 2012, at 00:33:18
Used to notice this happening lots about six years ago when we lived in EC. The park up the road wasn't much better with obscene graffiti on the playing equipment. We sometimes venture on the Pan Meadows park which is delightful apart from the rubbish including the occasional condom and teenagers who talk openly and loudly about their nocturnal activities. Nice.
by Paul Strauss
24th July 2012, at 11:01:03
or take them all for a nice paddle in bare feet
by kevin froment
24th July 2012, at 10:44:52
they should set up cctv, they have it in places where its not needed so why cant our kids and grandkids be protected by it, the mindless thugs that did it should be forced to do community service and wear plaques telling everyone why, either that or bring back the birch, but that would be against their human rights wouldnt it, better still make them refill the pool with a bucket , note i said a bucket
by jan hickman
24th July 2012, at 10:27:53
i say again...closing of all the police stations simply encourages louts to run riot there with no fear of punishment...when kids were setting fire to the play equipment once i was verbally abused to shouting at them, and the police arrived long long after they had been called, and the kids were long gone too!!! Not so long ago, when i was a teen, the local bobby would know us reasonably well, and established a code of respect, especially as we risked being taken home in disgrace if we persisted....oh the shame, and then mum or dad to deal with too......whats going on >???Do we need CCTV for out of hours there? Patrols by pc specials??? Broken glass is totally unacceptable in a paddling pool, shame on the culprits..and get on with protecting our services please government!!!!!
24th July 2012, at 10:08:57
An unpleasant yet sadly unsurprising story...i have long since stopped taking my children to the post-apocalyptic play area in East Cowes because its covered in dog-excreta and the whole experience simply depresses me too much. It's a shame because it looks like it could be a really good facility, especially positioned on the sea front as it is. These latest actions are not simply the thoughtless and inconvenient idiocy we have all become so weary of, no, these actions are intended to seriously harm innocent children which is utterly abhorrent.
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