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PremierLeague-News.Com - Vandals have daubed expletives and offensive images over tots play equipment at the Mere Green play area by Sainsbury's car park
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A string of obscene words and images have been scrawled all over a Birmingham children’s playground and neighbouring tennis courts. And one mum is calling for urgent action to be taken to protect the site and also to offer more activities for youngsters in the area. The vile graffiti, which includes foul language and images, has been written all over play equipment at the Mere Green playground in Sutton Coldfield in recent weeks. And on tennis courts, which were recently the subject of further vandalism when they were daubed with paint, and a neighbouring table tennis table. A mum, who asked not to be named, who uses the play area with her six-year-old son, has hit out at the repeated vandalism. She is calling for better monitoring at the site and swifter action. Read more: Anger as vandalism at sports site leads to cancelled sessions She said: “Since the vandalism was highlighted in March nothing has happened to improve the area and recently, graffiti, with offensive words, have been sprayed all over the court, the exercise equipment and all over the children's playground. “I think it's mindless and it's destroying well-loved and well-used facilities for children. I get that it's probably being done by bored kids with nothing better to do, but the words being scrawled are offensive and it's happening all the time with seemingly no action being taken to repair and prevent it in the future. “Why is no action being taken here? Why is no-one taking responsibility for looking after it?” A table tennis table at the Mere Green Community Hub in Sutton Coldfield has been covered in graffiti - some of it obscene Cllr Merion Jenkins (Cons.), the city council representative for Sutton Mere Green, said he was aware of the graffiti and was looking to get it cleared up. He was also looking to find a longer-term solution for the problem site. He said: “I have received complaints from residents about the graffiti and have been in touch with my town council colleagues on the subject. “We need a short-term fix for the obscenities but I am also arranging to meet the senior officer for parks on site to discuss a number of longer-term maintenance issues. “Before this latest graffiti, I have been discussing with residents groups some of the play equipment had been looking a bit tired. And some of the railings need repainting. “In the meantime the complaints about the graffiti arose. It’s really unattractive and not what you want in Mere Green in the play area. I am hoping Sutton Town Rangers do a short term fix.
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The mum had said there were things for younger children to do in the area, like the playgrounds, and for adults with restaurants and bars but little facilities for youths. The 40-year-old said: “There needs to be somewhere and something for older kids to do. At the moment in Mere Green you have facilities for small children and then bars/restaurants but nothing in between. “The play and sports areas clearly needs better monitoring, so those running it are aware of when it's been damaged. But if they could bring in preventative measures to stop it happening in the first place that would be even better.”
Play equipment throughout the Mere Green playground has been covered in obscene graffiti angering residents and the councillor for the area
Cllr Jenkins said the tennis courts were facilities older children could use and said he would support any push for youth facilities, but said that would need to come from the community. He added: “We have taken steps to make the tennis area available. There are some lessons. We have had difficulty keeping the far court clear of moss. “Outside of the tennis courts there is not much provision for youngsters outside of the schools running clubs. If anyone wants to drive stuff like that, I’m happy to support it. “The generic youth club is probably not what people are looking for now.” Read more: Police name man who may have information about daylight raid A Birmingham City Council spokesman said: “This vandalism is extremely disappointing and those responsible have no excuse whatsoever for their actions. There are many community, youth and leisure facilities operating within Sutton Coldfield but regardless of this, nothing can justify this damaging conduct which shows no respect for our environment or people that want to use our parks facilities. “All of our sites are regularly inspected but if anyone spots any offensive graffiti, they should contact the council or a ranger so it can be dealt with. We remove graffiti as quickly as possible. If the graffiti is racist or offensive we aim to remove it within one working day.” Sign up for Sutton Coldfield stories to be sent straight to your inbox here.
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