Children's Slide Stolen From Playground

A slide has been stolen from a children's play area in Bournemouth.

The play equipment was removed by thieves overnight (6/12/12) at the children's play area in Bradpole Road. The theft was discovered by a member of Bournemouth's Parks Team.

Michael Rowland, Parks Development Manager for Bournemouth Borough Council, said: ''The slide has been cleanly taken away from where it was fixed to a platform, with all bolts removed. The legs of the slide were left sticking out of the ground but we have now removed them to ensure it is safe for children to use the park. Unfortunately, it is highly likely that the metal slide was stolen in order to be sold for scrap value, which will be of nominal value in comparison to the cost to the general public.

We've had lead stolen from buildings within our Parks previously, but not had our playgrounds targeted.''

Councillor Rod Cooper, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Culture, added: ''It is so sad that an individual would stoop so low as to steal from a children’s playground. The playground is used by so many local children and is much more valuable to the community than it is worth in scrap metal.''

The stolen slide will be replaced within six to eight weeks at a cost to the Council of approximately £2500.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number C12-C50440.

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Simon Beale

1am - 4am

Email the show

Text 'HEART' to 82122

Simon Beale

Stay tuned...

Watch heart TV

  • Now playing: Non-stop hit music

Heart VIP


Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Advertise Advertise in Dorset

Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.

Follow Heart on Twitter