Residents’ anger after youths leave THIS mess at Hanford Park play area (and there are bins nearby!)

Residents were left outraged after ‘gangs of youths trashed’ a play area over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Hanford Park was left strewn with rubbish including beer cans, sweet wrappers and empty crisp packets.

Now CCTV covering the park is to be reviewed to catch the culprits as calls are made for action to be taken against anyone seen littering at the site.

Mick Penning was disgusted when he arrived at the park off Wilson Road to be greeted by piles of rubbish.

The pensioner said the mess was so bad, he would not let his grandchildren play amid concerns for their safety.

Mick, aged 79, from Basford said: “I come to this park everyday if it is not snowing and there has been a litter problem but nothing as bad as this before.

Mick Penning was disgusted by the amount of litter at Hanford Park

“I was shocked when I saw how much had been left. I would say there were around 500 pieces of litter over a 400 metre area. It’s disgraceful.

“This is the second time it has been bad. The council had just cleaned it up and these youths have come and done it again.

“It seems to me they are wilfully rebelling because they know they can get away with it. It is disgusting they have trashed the park and the council and police should be doing more to stop them.”

Mick said most of the rubbish had been left close to the wigwam which is used as a meeting place for teenagers.

He added: “This playground is for the under-12s and the older kids are just showing a lack of respect to the other park users.

Mick wants more to be done to tackle littering at the park

“There needs to be more done to make the culprits accountable. It is a problem across the city but it is especially bad in Hanford. Something needs to be done.”

Councillor Daniel Jellyman, who represents Hanford on Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said he had been made aware with the problem with litter at Hanford Park.

He added: “It is disgusting that people would not put their rubbish in the bin. Whoever is doing this needs to show more respect to other park users.

“There are bins in the park so I can’t understand why they don’t use them. People need to take responsibility for their own waste.

“There is CCTV in the park and I shall be asking the council to review it.”

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We take littering and anti-social behaviour seriously and look into incidents that are reported to us.”

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