Children up in arms over park

Pictured are Kate Harding, 10, and Ashleigh Barron, eight, who are upset at the state of the play area at Tanners Garth in Alnwick.

Pictured are Kate Harding, 10, and Ashleigh Barron, eight, who are upset at the state of the play area at Tanners Garth in Alnwick.

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CHILDREN have raised concerns over their battered play area, after vandals smashed off the top course of bricks on its walls.

Kate Harding and Leah Barron contacted the Northumberland Gazette about the see-saw park next to their homes at Tanners Garth in Alnwick, which had been left strewn with rubble and rubbish.

The two 10-year-olds say it is now in a dangerous condition, particularly the exposed bricks left on the walls which have sharp edges.

Kate said: “It looks a total mess and we would like new bricks put in. The other day I got a scrape on my leg and it really hurts.

“Just think how much a new wall or new bricks would help. People just dump rubbish in so it would be a good idea for a bin to go in.”

The rubble has since been cleared away, but the walls remain broken.

A spokesman for Northumberland County Council said: “We are aware of the damage to the wall at the play area, are monitoring it and have removed some dangerous and loose material.

“We take safety at playgrounds very seriously and will be looking to implement a more permanent repair as soon as we can.”