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Fighting dog trainers blamed for wrecking new playground

Published Monday, 22 September 2014

Enfield Council is urging residents and park users to help them find the people responsible for repeatedly wrecking a new children’s playground in Forty Hall.

The council believes that extensive vandalism to the playground – which was only completed in mid-August is being used by the owners of fighting dogs who are training their animal by making them hang off the equipment by their jaws. The council has beem forced to repair the damage to the playground three times already.
 
The situation is now so serious that Enfield Council is looking to install CCTV cameras and increase park guard and park police patrols in the area in an effort to catch the people responsible
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Protection, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “I find it absolutely astonishing that anyone is stupid enough train fighting dogs, but to do so in a children’s playground shows quite remarkable levels of idiocy and selfishness.
 
“There have been too many reports of young children being attacked by dogs in recent year, so to actual train a fighting dog in a playground and condition it to behave violently around play equipment which is routinely used by toddlers is one of the most despicable things I’ve heard in a long time, these people are a menace to society and should be utterly ashamed of themselves. We want to catch them before one of these dogs attacks someone.
 
“This wanton vandalism is completely unacceptable and it is costing us a fortune to repeatedly replace the equipment which is being damaged. We want resident to tell us who is responsible so we can work with the police and the courts to take the appropriate action against them.”
 
Anyone with information should contact the police on 101.

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