VANDALISM is on the rise in Silkstone - and one incident in particular has shocked villagers.

The wrecking of a hopscotch board, which has bridged play across the generations, angered locals this week.

Parish council chairman Meryl Liddell has issued an appeal to residents.

“There has been a worrying rise in vandalism and antisocial behaviour, and I ask if anyone sees people misbehaving please report it either to a member of the council or preferably the police,” she added.
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“I was saddened and shocked when the hopscotch vandalism was reported to me by the council clerk. There is just wreckage left of what has formed a play area on the land in front of the war memorial.

“It has been a place where old has met new, with children of today enjoying playing a game that their grandparents and great-grandparents also enjoyed playing.

“It has been a popular place for children to play in a safe environment for several years - hence my dismay when I saw what has been done.

“This one piece of mindless vandalism has not only created an eyesore of what was once a popular parish amenity in the centre of Silkstone, it also shows a lack of respect for what this area of the parish represents.”

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