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News Archive > General > Reward offered to find skatepark vandal

Reward offered to find skatepark vandal

By Beth Perry 24th October 2018

Reward offered to find skatepark vandal
Some of the graffiti left on the skatepark (Pic: Beth Perry)

A £500 reward has been offered for information after Newquay’s new skatepark was vandalised overnight on Sunday.

The Concrete Waves skatepark, at the rear of Newquay’s Waterworld, was reopened in July after a £646,000 investment saw the dilapidated wooden skatepark replaced and upgraded.

It has proved hugely popular with skaters, BMX riders and young people since it opened but on Monday morning, users were shocked to find the new facility had been vandalised.

One regular visitor, who often brings his children to use the park, said: “We left on Sunday evening and it was clean but when we came up on Monday we saw the damage.

It’s absolutely disgraceful, I’m appalled that we have such an amazing facility in the town and some mindless vandal has decided to do this. There’s bad language written in some places and there are so many children who make good use of the skatepark.

“Using the skatepark keeps my children and their friends outside and away from the computers and in the fresh air learning new skills.”

Councillor Olly Monk, who spearheaded the Concrete Waves scheme said: “It’s really disappointing to see this mindless vandalism being carried out at the skatepark ,the vast majority of users want to see a clean graffiti-free park. For someone to scrawl obscenities all over the facility beggars belief.

“The police have been informed and the CCTV footage has been examined. It appears only one person was involved and it happened beween 10.30pm and 11pm on Sunday. The offender wore a black jacket and grey hoodie with light grey jogging bottoms, black shoes and a black back pack. An anonymous member of the public has offered a £500 reward for information leading to a conviction of the person.”

Other locals believe graffiti itself is not a problem but only if it is of a good standard. One skater said: “I’ve travelled around Europe skating and you often see these incredible murals on skateparks. I think if we had some amazing art here it might stop people just graffitiing rubbish things like their names or curse words.”

Newquay Town Cllr Stephen C Hick said: “Personally I think the clean concrete is the best look, I've no objection to painting structures but I've always thought that a performance or sporting arena or space should be pretty bare - it focuses attention on the people and makes for clearer more crisp photos and videos too.”

The culprit had also ‘cocked a snook’ at those who they realised would be most annoyed and hurt by their actions by challenging in one of their writings: ‘Put me on the news’.

This week’s editor of the Newquay Voice, Phil Bunt, said: “the culprit may have got their wish in that regard but I’m sure by publicising their arrogance it will make those seeking their identity and all the people who use the facility even more determined to bring their actions to account.”

Cllr Monk finished: “Any person wishing to give any information can call me confidentially on 077889257765. Newquay Town Council will not tolerate criminal damage of this kind.”

By Beth Perry 24th October 2018

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