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MP slams shameful vandalism of Turriff playpark

By Kirsty Brown

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Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has slammed the shameful vandalism of The Den in Turriff after a £37,000 revamp.

The Den in Turriff was spruced up with more than £37,000 of equipment installed to ensure it was fully inclusive for children.

Friends of the Den, the group behind the project, has been dismayed at repeated vandal attacks and have decided they will do no more improvements.

In the latest incident, which has been reported to police, the sensory water funnel was burned leaving holes that means the water just pours out.

Two Perspex peep windows have also been spoilt.

The committee worked hard to create a play space for children suitable for all ages and abilities after realising Turriff has limited facilities, particularly for those in wheelchairs or mental health problems.

Anyone with information about the latest incidents should call 101.

MP for Banff and Buchan David Duguid said: “This disgraceful vandalism of our local playpark is just shameful.

"I am particularly disappointed on behalf of Friends of the Den who I wrote to in 2019 supporting the redevelopment of the park.

“The Den was recently revamped with fundraising help from the local school and other during lockdown.

"It is a great place to go and was welcomed by the town.

“And as a sensory park, it is accessible and welcoming to all, which makes it all the worse that the actions of a mindless few are spoiling the result of the hard work of many in Turriff.

“If anyone has any information about the vandals, please call 101 and report it.”

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