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Anti-vandal spikes to go on Hawarden Community Council buildings

SPIKES will be fixed to the roofs of community buildings in Hawarden to deter vandals.

About £2,000 will be spent on the measures after councillors got fed up of shelling out to repair regular damage at Gladstone Playing Fields.

Noel Barnes, Hawarden community Council clerk, said the publicly owned buildings on the site had become ‘a magnet’ for anti-social behaviour.

“It’s been a problem for the past 12 months and a lot of it seems to be fuelled by alcohol they’re obviously getting from somewhere,” he said.

Although councillors say anti-social behaviour in Hawarden is increasing, Mr Barnes said the playing field is the hotspot.

“It’s worse when there’s good weather,” he added.

“The fields are opposite the school, the kids all know it and it’s central – whether they live in Hawarden, Ewloe or Mancot it’s easy to congregate their.

“There are also plenty of places they can hide away and have a drink.”

Mr Barnes said similar measures had been brought in at Wepre Park, Connah’s Quay, which had proved a success.

He added: “Not only is the damage costing the council – and taxpayers – a lot of money, it is also dangerous.

“The work will cost about £2,000, but we will definitely reap the benefits.”

Mr Barnes said he hoped the downward-facing spikes will be in place within a month.

North Wales Police said patrols had been stepped up, but the council still wants more to be done.

Cllr Clive Carver said: “It’s been a problem for a long time and there has been regular damage – something needs to be done.”

Any residents who witnessing anti-social behaviour or vandalism in Hawarden should call police on 101.

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