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Dismay as vandals target £858k upgrade of outdoor spaces in Middlegate Estate

Councillors have expressed dismay after the Middlegate Estate's improved outdoor play and social spaces was targeted by vandals.

Three newly planted trees killed in Middlegate area

On the evening of Sunday, November 6, fences were scaled, and three newly planted trees were destroyed. The trees were broken up and strewn across the grassed area.

His Worship the Mayor cut the ribbon on November 28 on the new wheelchair-accessible play ship installed as part of work to improve a number of play areas and create a new shared secure communal garden in the Middlegate Estate.

Cllr Emma Flaxman-Taylor, chair of the Housing and Neighbourhood committee, said: "It's extremely disappointing to hear that less than two weeks after the official opening of this new, modern, accessible play equipment and communal garden area someone would decide to do such mindless damage to it. Sadly, replacements will come at a further cost.

"We're appealing to the community and anyone who may have seen anything to help identify the offenders so the police can take action. Witnesses or those with information can contact Norfolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Last modified on 25 October 2023

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