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Burned-out shelter roof to be replaced

Boston Borough Council is to replace the roof on a shelter at Witham Way Country Park which was stripped off and burned by vandals.

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 new roof will be fixed in place in the next few days.

Cllr Yvonne Gunter, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for parks and open spaces, said: "We will never give in to yobs and vandals. The vast majority of residents are caring, courteous and respectful and we don't see why they should have to suffer because of a mindless few."

The shelter, near the trim trail and picnic area, was damaged overnight on Monday, August 12, and followed 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.

Cllr Gunter said: "It is not just the matter of the damage and disrespect - starting any sort of fire in an area such as this at this time of year is just reckless. It could be a lot more serious than a burned roof, and people could be at risk of being hurt."

The shelter bears a plaque dedicating it to the memory of people who loved the park.