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Life-saving equipment targeted

Published: 27/09/2016

Flintshire County Council’s Countryside Service are concerned about ongoing vandalism to life- ring stations next to Condies Pond at Bettisfield, a site it manages in Bagillt, and at Greenfield Dock At Bettisfield a life-ring has been vandalised 7 times since May and on one occasion a life-ring and throw line were stolen. The life-ring station has also been damaged twice and has had to undergo repairs. At Greenfield the whole life ring station has been ripped out. Cllr Bernie Attridge, Cabinet Member for Environment said; “This vital piece of life-saving equipment has been replaced quickly but there are periods of time where it has not been accessible due the thoughtless and selfish actions of others. There is a cost to be met to repair and replace the damaged equipment and added demands on our Countryside Service Rangers who need to respond to these incidents as a priority.’ “This equipment is in place for good reason and it is a concern that if this anti-social behaviour continues the life-saving equipment may not be available when it is needed. These incidents have been reported to North Wales Police and I would encourage members of the public to report any suspicious behaviour around the site to the Police or notify our Countryside Service on 01352 703900.” Note to editors Pictured in the attached photograph at the Condies Pond life-ring station are local member Cllr. Mike Reece and Countryside Ranger Tim Johnson.