Bridge vandalism condemned

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 05:00 09/12/2013
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Lyn Humphreys
Poet's Bridge has been closed after vandalism.

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Vandals who ruin displays intended for the public's pleasure would have to face up to angry members of the community if Mark Bruhn had his way.

Poet's Bridge in New Plymouth's Pukekura Park has been closed to the public due to vandalism in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Hooligans broke parts of a lighting display on the bridge that was being set up for the Festival of Lights which opens this weekend.

The New Plymouth District Council manager parks said the ongoing vandalism was very frustrating.

"We are getting extremely angry with this sustained level of vandalism," Mr Bruhn said.

"I'm at the point where I'm seriously considering investing in having a series of stocks made for Puke Ariki Landing so when we do catch these people they can line up and can be positioned there and they can enjoy the feedback from others in the community."

Park curator Chris Connolly said the bridge was closed as a precaution.

"Somebody has come through in the early hours of Saturday morning and have broken about six of them," Mr Connolly said.

"It's very disappointing because the guys are working very hard to get it open for next weekend."

Mr Connolly said a small number of people were ruining things for the rest of the public. Security at the park could be increased in an attempt to curb the vandalism.

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