'Please don't damage Covid safety signs', plead West Norfolk Council
West Norfolk Council leaders have hit out at vandals who have damaged or removed safety signs installed following the coronavirus lockdown.
Officials say several sites in Lynn and Downham where signs were put in place either in or close to play areas have been targeted.
Over the last few weeks, the authority has taken measures to ensure that equipment at more than 80 play areas that it manages can be used safely without risking spreading the disease.
But signs have been removed or damaged at four sites – Winfarthing Avenue in South Lynn, Kemp Road in Reffley, Queen Elizabeth Avenue in Gaywood and the Howdale in Downham.
The council's deputy leader, Elizabeth Nockolds said today: “The public open space team have spent a lot of time getting over 80 play areas across West Norfolk safe to reopen and these Covid-19 play area safety signs are part of that effort.
“Tax payers ultimately foot the bill every time these have to be replaced.
“It’s hugely disappointing that the signage, aimed at protecting people and keeping them safe, is being pulled out of the ground, twisted or disappearing completely.
"It is also disheartening for our public open space team who have worked so hard to get and keep play areas open.
"I ask people to please stop doing this and report if you see the signs being damaged.”
Anyone who notices where signs have been removed or damaged is asked to report it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.