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Witham Way Country Park arson attack

Disrespectful vandals have struck again at Witham Way Country Park, this time ripping the roof from a wooden shelter and burning it.

The burned-out shelter at Witham Way Country Park and the memorial plaque attached to it dedicating it to the memories of people who "dearly loved the park".

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The shelter, near the trim trail and picnic area, was damaged overnight on Monday, and follows recent deliberate damage to a bench, part of which was also burned, and litter from a drinking session left scattered just yards away from a bin.

Police are investigating the latest arson attack. Anyone with information should contact police and give the incident number 36/13/8/13.

Regular visitors to the park on Tuesday were disgusted at the damage and also reported seeing two men sleeping in a tent overnight in an area off the beaten track.

Cllr Yvonne Gunter, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for parks and open spaces, said: "I am appalled at the way some people treat areas such as this. Such a lot of effort, from council staff and dedicated volunteers, goes into keeping the park nice for all, but some show such disrespect. It is all the more upsetting when you consider this small shelter bears a plaque dedicating it to the memory of people who loved the park.

"It is difficult to police these areas which, by their very nature, are isolated, especially at night. I would appeal again for anyone seeing anything looking the least bit suspicious to please contact the police immediately."