Hedge End vandals close town pool

Hedge end pool

Pic by Ray Turner

While the country continues to bask in a heatwave and children start their school holidays Hedge End families won’t be able to access the towns paddling pool which has had to be closed due to the actions of a group of young vandals.

On Thursady evening a group of teenage boys aged between 12 – 14 used water from the pool to create a mudslide and contaminated the pool with clumps of mud.

The lads are also alleged to have ‘run riot’ through the pool area knocking over toddlers and verbally abusing council staff who tried to intervene.

A litter bin was also broken and emptied into the pool.

Hedge end’s town clerk commented in a statement sent to Southampton newspaper The Daily Echo

‘A minority of young boys have spoilt the enjoyment for the majority with their wanton behaviour and it is very disappointing that the pool is now out of commission for the time being. The cleaning process will take some time to return the paddling pool to the high standards demanded by the Town Council’.

Eastleigh News understands that council staff did alert the police to the incident but no officers atteneded and town councillors have expressed their disappointment that despite their funding of PCSO’s, no officers were available to respond.

It is hoped the clean up operation will be able to commence on Monday.

  10 comments for “Hedge End vandals close town pool

  1. July 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    It would be interesting to know who the alleged vandals were and where they were from. As the pool attracts people from outside of Hedge End, from Weston, Woolston, Sholing, Thornhill, Bitterne etc, it is by no means certain that these were ‘Hedge End vandals’. Though they could well have been…

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      July 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      I suppose it’s possible 12 – 14 year olds can travel from Weston to Hedge End town centre to use park unaccompanied but it doesn’t seem likely.

    • July 27, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      They were boys from Wildern school in Hedge End, so the blame is squarely with Hedge End kids, what a shame

  2. Richard Saunders
    July 27, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Yet again another annoying need for CCTV to monitor such events. If identified will their parents be made to pay for the clean up. ???

  3. A concerned grandmother
    July 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    How many mums have washed muddy clothes without asking how it happened when there has been no rain, and how many will then own up? NONE!! This is the 21st Century and no one cares!!!

  4. Brian Berry
    July 31, 2014 at 8:46 am

    This type of incident requires trained policeofficers trainedin public order not Pcsos

    • August 1, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Perhaps, but Police shouldn’t have to be called to a childrens paddling pool….

      • Brian Berry
        August 1, 2014 at 9:11 pm

        It is not about just a childrens’ paddling pool but about a group of vandals causing mayhem which should be snipped in the bud so to speak.

  5. August 1, 2014 at 1:26 am

    unfortunately myself and friends with our kids who go up to wildern in sept witnessed this mob of boys on the thurs and fri disturbing the pool after closure and bullying the old pool attendant…..they were hedge end / wildern boys ….recognised several faces…one of the fathers goes to kcc every sunday ?really hope they get punished…..

    • August 1, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Thanks anon.

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