Vandals scatter dog mess over play area
A MAJOR clean-up operation took place in a city park after dog mess was thrown around near a children's play area.
Families living in Tunstall were shocked to discover that bins at Bankeyfields Park, off the Bankeyfields Estate, had been emptied by vandals, who then left bags of dog waste around the field.
It is the fourth time that an incident of this kind has happened at the site since 2009.
Previously, dog waste bags have been left tied to children's play equipment and shoved through gates and bushes.
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Bryn Jones, of Spitfire Way, Tunstall, contacted Stoke-on-Trent City Council following the incident.
The 43-year-old said: "I have been told by the Environmental Client Team – who deal with these kind of things – that the incident is being treated as a criminal offence.
"The bin has been kicked over and the bags have split and the mess has spilled all over the floor. Not only is it unsightly, it's a health risk. It's disgusting."
Mr Jones, of Bankeyfields Residents' Association, added: "It is wrong that dog walkers are doing what they are asked by clearing up after their pets and some vandals come along and kick it all over.
"It's happened before and I just don't know how it can be stopped."
Matt Burke, above, aged 37, of John Rhodes Way added: "The bags were thrown all over the sports pitch near to the children's play area and they are still there now.
"It's about the third time this has happened. I just don't know why these mindless people do it – it doesn't achieve anything.
"It wouldn't harm to have a few more police patrolling the area."
Stoke-on-Trent City Council said that the Environmental Client Team had removed the waste.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council's interim strategic manager for environment, waste and fleet, Geoff Dunne, said: "Officers cleaned up the area yesterday and returned today to check there was no more mess.
"This is a particularly disgusting act of vandalism and could actually be a serious health risk to children. I would urge anyone who sees anyone behaving like this to report it immediately to the police or Stoke-on-Trent City Council's customer access line on 01782 234567."