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Wildlife haven attack

PUBLISHED: 15:33 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:35 23 August 2010

A RESIDENT fears an important wildlife habitat is being wrecked by vandals. Len Pegler-Vincent, 40, of Read Way, Gravesend, has seen two youths cutting down trees on The Warren, next to a children s playground. He is now worried the play equipment, inst

A RESIDENT fears an important wildlife habitat is being wrecked by vandals.

Len Pegler-Vincent, 40, of Read Way, Gravesend, has seen two youths cutting down trees on The Warren, next to a children's playground.

He is now worried the play equipment, installed in December last year, could be their next target.

Mr Pegler-Vincent said: "My wife and I live right next to the site, and we walk our dogs there regularly.

"Just a few yards from the playground is a scene of thoughtless destruction. I can't believe that there are people out there who would do this.

"We saw two youths in the wood one evening with hand saws cutting down the trees, and they have been back, doing it again.

"It really gets to you. Those trees have been growing for 20 to 30 years and they have been cut them down without a thought. It is an important wildlife habitat, home to many species of flora and fauna.

"What is going through the heads of the ignoramuses that cause so much malicious damage? The police or the council need to patrol the area to stop this happening. It can't go on."

In January 2007, the Big Lottery Fund earmarked £238,000 to help Gravesham Borough Council improve playgrounds.

Six sites were singled out for improvements, including The Warren, and a grant of £50,000 was set aside to improve the facilities.

He added: "So far the play equipment has been left, but how long until that gets vandalised? The community eagerly awaited the much needed refurbishment of the playground when it was announced.

"It is a shame that there is still a minority that are not satisfied with efforts to improve the site and are intent on causing mindless acts of vandalism."

Kent Police have urged the resident to contact them with details about the alleged offence.

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