Glass bottles pushed into a children’s football pitch in Malvern
MINDLESS vandals push glass bottles into a soccer field where young children are playing.
A number of people have complained that glass bottles were pushed into the ground at Dukes Meadow playing fields near Pickersleigh Road.
The photos show the bases of the glass bottles in the ground, where they cannot be immediately seen, raising fears of serious injury if not discovered.
A Facebook post from Jimi Wright, who regularly walks in the fields, said the problem had only gotten worse lately.
The message, widely shared online, read: “Another morning and another collection of bottles buried in the park’s football pitch and strewn all over the park.
“Parents, take control of your children, it’s not adults doing this, it’s a shame.
“The park is full of glass bottles every morning.”
Other residents joined in saying more should be done to address anti-social behavior in the neighborhood.
A comment from another user asked what the authorities are doing to deal with the situation.
He said: “We pay enough council tax, why aren’t there more bins and waste pickers?
“There was an old boy in the area where I lived in Barnards Green.
“I saw him mostly picking up rubbish while working for the Council.
“Nowadays, the council relies on the generosity of the general public who devote their time to picking up litter as they continue to raise our taxes year after year. For what exactly?
“I don’t see the services improving at all. Quite the contrary.”
Dukes Meadow Playgrounds are owned by Malvern City Council.
A spokesperson confirmed that the council had been made aware of the problem, with work carried out on Monday to repair the pitch.
Anti-social behavior has long been a problem in Malvern, with complaints of young people toppling fences in and around Queen Elizabeth Road, Duke of Edinburgh Way, York Close and Gloucester Close kicking fence panels and shouting.
Further afield, police stepped up patrols in the Upton Upon Severn play park earlier this month after reports of drug dealing near the New Street children’s playground.