Metal slide stolen from Bournemouth play area

A slide has been stolen from a children's play area in Bournemouth by suspected metal thieves.

The piece of play equipment was secured to a platform, with the culprits removing a number of bolts in order to steal it overnight on Thursday.

The legs of the slide at the Bradpole Road park were removed by the council for safety reasons after they were left sticking out of the ground.

It will take up about eight weeks to replace at a cost of £2,500.

Police are investigating and appealed for witnesses.

'Stoop so low'

Michael Rowland, from Bournemouth council, said: "Unfortunately, it is highly likely that the metal slide was stolen in order to be sold for scrap value, which will be of nominal value in comparison to the cost to the general public.

"We've had lead stolen from buildings within our parks previously, but not had our playgrounds targeted."

Councillor Rod Cooper, member for tourism, leisure and culture, added: "It is so sad that an individual would stoop so low as to steal from a children's playground.

"The playground is used by so many local children and is much more valuable to the community than it is worth in scrap metal."

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