New Haworth bandstand attacked by vandals

From left, Gillian Hill and Councillor Rebecca Poulsen with the damaged bandstand power supply

From left Gillian Hill and Councillor Rebecca Poulsen with the damaged bandstand power supply

From left, Gillian Hill and Councillor Rebecca Poulsen with the damaged bandstand power supply

The damaged power supply for Haworth Bandstand

First published in News

COUNCILLORS and community campaigners have responded angrily to an attack by "mindless thugs" on Haworth Central Park's new, replacement bandstand.

The facility was unveiled earlier this summer following years of campaigning and fundraising.

But vandals have now smashed the stonework that houses the bandstand's electricity supply. A door was bent back to expose the power switches during the incident which happened some time on Friday night. The following night, hanging baskets put up to decorate the bandstand were torn down.

Gillian Hill, of the Friends of Haworth Central Park, said: "It is such a shame that a minority have spoilt it for the majority. Many residents have registered their amazement and shock at the mindlessness of this act."

She said a resident living nearby had reported hearing a party in the park, with music being played during the early hours of Saturday morning. She added: "One observation made was that it could have been an impulse end of term and exams celebration. Hopefully we will soon find out.

"The toilet attendant who opened up the public toilets in the park at 9.30am on Saturday discovered the damage when he did his usual walkabout.

"He was able to report this to Nikki Carroll at Firths who he knew is a Friend of the Park. Nikki phoned me so I went to look at the damage and reported it to the police. We were able to switch off the master switch making it safe.

"There was evidence of alcohol involvement as there were bottles, cans and many bottle tops scattered about.

"Then on the Saturday night, four of the six hanging baskets were torn down from the bandstand. We've no evidence to say if it was the same people responsible."

Worth Valley Ward councillor Rebecca Poulsen, who lives in Haworth, said: "It's atrocious and shocking. Just mindless thuggery - there's no need for behaviour like this.

"If people want to use the bandstand then of course they can do so - but not in this way.

"So many people have spent years fundraising and campaigning to get the bandstand, and it's very upsetting for everyone who has been involved with the project."

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: "We are investigating a report of criminal damage to an electrical junction box in Central Park, Haworth.

"Anyone with information on who might be responsible is asked to contact the Keighley Area Neighbourhood Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."

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8:40am Tue 22 Jul 14

collos25 says...

These vermin should be disposed of when caught.
These vermin should be disposed of when caught. collos25
  • Score: 14

9:49am Tue 22 Jul 14

bingleybantam-ms54 says...

Maybe its the same "Scum" locally that necessitated ITV pulling the plug on live coverage of the Tour de France through the centre of Keighley because of Offensive Graffiti on the roads / Placards & Threats of general Disruption to the Race?

"Lovely People" hey what! (NOT!)
Maybe its the same "Scum" locally that necessitated ITV pulling the plug on live coverage of the Tour de France through the centre of Keighley because of Offensive Graffiti on the roads / Placards & Threats of general Disruption to the Race? "Lovely People" hey what! (NOT!) bingleybantam-ms54
  • Score: 10

12:58pm Tue 22 Jul 14

The Local Observer says...

Another example of today's society that spoil a lot of good, law abiding citizens, hardwork. I saw the hanging baskets go up and are very surprised that they lasted so long before some vermin ripped them down.

This Country is soft. Zero tolerance. Get tough on scumbags.
Another example of today's society that spoil a lot of good, law abiding citizens, hardwork. I saw the hanging baskets go up and are very surprised that they lasted so long before some vermin ripped them down. This Country is soft. Zero tolerance. Get tough on scumbags. The Local Observer
  • Score: 9

12:59pm Tue 22 Jul 14

anon47 says...

It comes as no surprise as I have previously reported to the parks warden and it has been reported to the local community police of occasions when I have seen youths attempting to vandalise the electric box and it was only a matter of time before the hanging baskets were brought down.
It comes as no surprise as I have previously reported to the parks warden and it has been reported to the local community police of occasions when I have seen youths attempting to vandalise the electric box and it was only a matter of time before the hanging baskets were brought down. anon47
  • Score: 6

1:14pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Mixter says...

Does this supposed graffiti on the road appear in social media anywhere? If not, i am inclined not to believe the stories. Nothing, no matter how brief or trivial, escapes the instant images and ability to get things on the web within seconds of them occurring nowadays. If it is out there (proving it did happen), given the roads were closed for many hours prior, why was it not obliterated before the race came through?

As for the park scum. There would be more folk queuing up to defend their Human Rights, than to punish them nowadays. Shame the electric box didnt have stray live cable to the door eh!
Does this supposed graffiti on the road appear in social media anywhere? If not, i am inclined not to believe the stories. Nothing, no matter how brief or trivial, escapes the instant images and ability to get things on the web within seconds of them occurring nowadays. If it is out there (proving it did happen), given the roads were closed for many hours prior, why was it not obliterated before the race came through? As for the park scum. There would be more folk queuing up to defend their Human Rights, than to punish them nowadays. Shame the electric box didnt have stray live cable to the door eh! Mixter
  • Score: 9

2:20pm Tue 22 Jul 14

claret or green ? says...

retards.....never going to amount to anything..... a waste of good oxygen !
retards.....never going to amount to anything..... a waste of good oxygen ! claret or green ?
  • Score: 7

4:50pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Smell the coffee says...

I don't think you need to look too far to find the culprits. These numpties have been hanging around the park for sometime.
I don't think you need to look too far to find the culprits. These numpties have been hanging around the park for sometime. Smell the coffee
  • Score: 6

7:52pm Tue 22 Jul 14

schroeder says...

bingleybantam-ms54 wrote:
Maybe its the same "Scum" locally that necessitated ITV pulling the plug on live coverage of the Tour de France through the centre of Keighley because of Offensive Graffiti on the roads / Placards & Threats of general Disruption to the Race?

"Lovely People" hey what! (NOT!)
this is Haworth, not Keighley.. and I'm sure ITV didn't "pull" the coverage because of offensive graffiti or placards that wouldn't have even been picked up by the TV cameras even if there was any (there wasn't).
It was merely one of many ad breaks.
[quote][p][bold]bingleybantam-ms54[/bold] wrote: Maybe its the same "Scum" locally that necessitated ITV pulling the plug on live coverage of the Tour de France through the centre of Keighley because of Offensive Graffiti on the roads / Placards & Threats of general Disruption to the Race? "Lovely People" hey what! (NOT!)[/p][/quote]this is Haworth, not Keighley.. and I'm sure ITV didn't "pull" the coverage because of offensive graffiti or placards that wouldn't have even been picked up by the TV cameras even if there was any (there wasn't). It was merely one of many ad breaks. schroeder
  • Score: 1

12:21am Wed 23 Jul 14

Andy222 says...

The c word was written on the road at heptonstall and some one drew a big willy on a bit of card in ilkley.
The c word was written on the road at heptonstall and some one drew a big willy on a bit of card in ilkley. Andy222
  • Score: 0

12:30am Wed 23 Jul 14

ladydi says...

What a shame and for what? No direction in their lives. Hope it can be fixed.
What a shame and for what? No direction in their lives. Hope it can be fixed. ladydi
  • Score: 2

8:51am Wed 23 Jul 14

Apollo says...

Smell the coffee wrote:
I don't think you need to look too far to find the culprits. These numpties have been hanging around the park for sometime.
And do they have parents?

They are responsible. Feckless feckers.
[quote][p][bold]Smell the coffee[/bold] wrote: I don't think you need to look too far to find the culprits. These numpties have been hanging around the park for sometime.[/p][/quote]And do they have parents? They are responsible. Feckless feckers. Apollo
  • Score: 0

8:39pm Wed 23 Jul 14

wonderingwhy says...

Disgusting mindless thugs, they need should be made too clean that off with their toothbrushes. maybe it's time CCTV was installed in Haworth and not just Bradford and Keighley
Disgusting mindless thugs, they need should be made too clean that off with their toothbrushes. maybe it's time CCTV was installed in Haworth and not just Bradford and Keighley wonderingwhy
  • Score: 0

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