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£3,000 bill after vandals target park

West Park Credit: Erewash Borough Council

A council has appealed to residents and park users for help in tracking down vandals who caused more than £3,000 worth of damage at Long Eaton’s West Park in Derbyshire.

Erewash Borough Council said over last weekend (18 and 19 February), one lamp column was snapped in two and the top half stolen, two trees were broken beyond repair, damage was caused to another light and graffiti sprawled on buildings and signs.

The council is facing a bill of more than £3,000 to repair and replace items and to remove the graffiti.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

To say we are absolutely furious at this latest vandalism would be an understatement.

In fact it is very difficult to find words that adequately describe our anger and frustration at the mindless idiots who have caused this damage which is costing us – and our council tax payers - money.

– Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Mike Wallis

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Winter heating warnings

With temperatures falling and the colder weather coming, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is reminding residents to think carefully before heating their home this winter.

Fire chiefs are urging householders to think carefully when heating their home this winter

The advice comes after a number of reports of people heating their homes in dangerous ways, without realising the risks.

The service now wants to reinforce the message by highlighting the top mistakes people make in their home when trying to stay warm. This includes:

1) Putting washing too close to their halogen heaters

2) Sitting too close to their halogen heaters

3) Leaving their halogen heaters on when going to bed

4) Keeping wood all the way round a wood burner when lit

5) Using candle flower pot heaters - home-made heating devices made by candles being placed under an upside down plant pot

Residents urged to stay safe when heating their homes this winter

"We want people to stay warm and well this winter, but our main priority is that people stay safe. "We know it's tempting to sit with the heater close to your legs or to dry washing quicker by having the heater right next to it, but this can be extremely dangerous.

"These are all things we see when we visit people in their homes, and it is vital that they understand the dangers so they don’t put themselves or their loved ones at risk. “We realise that it is expensive to heat your homes at present, but would recommend portable oil filled radiators for small space heating."I

– John Barke, Lincolnshire deputy community fire safety manager

If you are at home and are struggling to keep warm, there are a number of schemes available which can help. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/energy-grants-calculator or contactResponders to Warmthon 0845 6064566 who will be able to offer advice and assistance.

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