A police community support officer has described the “appalling” state of a children’s playground after she found it littered with pizza boxes, other rubbish and an office chair.
Pcso Tracey Biggs, whose beat covers the north of Melton, described the scene at Sunny Brook play area, which is off Drummond Walk in the town.
Commenting on the Melton Police Facebook page, Pcso Biggs said: “Whilst walking my beat I have just come across the play park at the bottom of Drummond Walk.
“I have to say how appalled I am to find it left in this way – food wrappers, empty plastic bottles, pizza boxes, and other items including a chair strewn across the park.
“The park is here for our children to enjoy in a safe environment, not for parents to worry about their children and their safety when playing.”
She included a picture of one of the two rubbish bins in the playground.
She added: “Please, if you use the park either take your rubbish home or dispose of it in the 2 BINS provided. I have provided a picture for those that obviously don’t know what a bin looks like.”
A number of residents responded to the police’s Facebook post.
One said: “My five-year-old plays here and she always comments on the rubbish left behind by ‘naughty’ children.”
Another added: “It gets cleaned, then kids go and mess it up by leaving rubbish everywhere.
“After seeing the way some kids behave when they’re alone my kids don’t go without me.”