Plymouth man's disgust over vandals' latest attack in park
A DISGUSTED resident has spoken of his disappointment after vandals scattered dog mess around a community park.
Michael Gibson, who has worked tirelessly to make the Millennium Trust park a nice place for local residents, said it was not the first time the park had been abused.
The 86-year-old, who is a trustee of the park between Belliver and Widewell, said previously plants have been stolen and a mosaic made by local school children was destroyed.
Mr Gibson devotes much of his time to ensuring the park is kept looking its best and has previously been commended for his efforts picking up after litter louts.
When the park was handed over to the Millennium Trust it was said to be in a state of disrepair. Since then much work has been done to make the park look more attractive and pleasant for local residents.
But in recent months, vandals have targeted the area and in the latest attack they emptied the contents of the dog bin.
Mr Gibson explained: "This has outraged me; I've never come against something as nauseating as this. They scattered the contents of the bin across the park. I had been up there trying to build some steps. I'm up there almost every day and this time I was just appalled and disgusted.
"We've had a particular battle with drunks and bottles being smashed but I think we are winning. The council have helped us a lot.
"There are some concrete pipes which local children decorated with a mosaic and as soon as it was up it was smashed to pieces.
"We were planting shrubs and as soon as they were in people started stealing them which isn't encouraging."
The bag lining the dog bin had also been removed. Mr Gibson said he cleared up the unsightly dog mess before alerting the council.