Metal thieves now target kids’ park

Sarah Hopper and her daughter Hoilly are angry that metal thieves have tried to steal parts of a children's' climbing frame on Briden Way, Cleckheaton. (d25081145)
Sarah Hopper and her daughter Hoilly are angry that metal thieves have tried to steal parts of a children's' climbing frame on Briden Way, Cleckheaton. (d25081145)
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Metal thieves have struck again – this time targeting a children’s playground.

Police are investigating the latest metal theft from the Spen Valley, after callous thieves removed metal safety supports, a safety barrier and dozens of bolts from a metal climbing frame, just off Bridon Way, Cleckheaton.

Father-of-five Shane Fawcett noticed the damage after taking his young children on a bike ride along the Greenway on Wednesday morning.

Mr Fawcett, who lives nearby, said: “There were some workers cleaning the playground and I heard them say to one of my little girls that someone had taken parts of the frame.

“They’ve taken some of the bolts out of it and they’ve left the rest. It doesn’t look like it will fall over, but they’ve taken the safety supports off.

“I’d advise other people to keep an eye on their playgrounds as well.”

There has been a spike in metal thefts in recent months including cabling from a Roberttown electricity sub-station that caused £500,000 damage.

Sarah Hopper, 39, of Pyenot Hall Lane, takes her six-year-old daughter to the park and branded the theft ‘disgusting’.

“I can’t believe they have the cheek to take parts of a climbing frame for some easy cash,” she said.

“It’s ruining it for the children.”

l Contact Spen police on 01924 295357 with information about the thefts.