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North Yorkshire play park covered in cooking oil


10:58am 25th April 2012

Every part of a North Yorkshire play park has been covered in cooking oil.

Police in Strensall say the stunt is being treated as criminal damage and vandalism.

Children used the park before they noticed with a lot of their clothes being stained.

North Yorkshire Police Statement:

York police are appealing for the public’s help following an act of criminal damage in Strensall.

It occurred between 3pm on Saturday 14 April 2012 and 10am on Monday 16 April 2012, at the play park on Kirklands.

Every piece of equipment in the park was covered with what is believed to be a spray-on cooking oil.

A number of children used the play park before they realised that the equipment had been damaged, which resulted in their clothing being stained.

PC Karl May, of York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

“This is a disgraceful act of vandalism, targeting an innocent group in our community.

“I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the vandalism or has information that could help to identify those responsible. I urge them to contact the police or Crimestoppers straight away.”

“As well as staining the children’s clothing, the parish council had to purchase specialist cleaning equipment to repair the damage.”

“The oil left the equipment in a very slippery condition which could have caused an injury to a child.”

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is asked to contact York police on 101, press option 2 and ask for Karl May.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12120060440.

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