Mattresses dumped at Leigh skate park

Councillor Caroline Parker outside the recycling centre in Leigh

Councillor Caroline Parker outside the recycling centre in Leigh

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SEVEN mattresses were dumped in a skate park after being stolen from a nearby recycling centre.

Leigh town councillor Caroline Parker found the mattresses at the town’s skate park with her daughter Cheryl Hedges, who is employed by the council to clear the area.

It is the latest in a spate of dumping at the skate park which, in extreme cases, has even seen mattresses being set on fire at the site which is popular with children of all ages.

Previously bottles and fluorescent light bulbs have been smashed in the area, which Councillor Parker says are being taken from the council’s recycling depot next door.

She said: “Youngsters have been breaking into the site, which is behind the train station, stealing mattresses and dumping them on the skate park.

“It’s happened in the past with fluorescent bulbs, which contain dangerous chemicals and usually get smashed, but we’ve never had anything like seven mattresses dumped here before.

“It’s always absolutely vital they’re moved as soon as possible because we’ve had youngsters set them on fire in the past – it’s a big inconvenience to my daughter because she only spends an hour a day down there, but it’s also very dangerous for the children that use the park.”

Mrs Parker said she was surprised at the speed by which the mattresses were removed, after reporting the offence to Southend Council, but said more needed to be done to prevent it happening in the first place and had suggested to Leigh community police officers they drive past the skate park regularly on night patrols.

A spokesman for Southend Council said the mattresses were reported late on Monday afternoon and were removed by workmen on Tuesday morning.

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5:03pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

Has it occured to anyone that these mattresses were put there by the skaters etc so they would have something to land on while practicing their stunts?
Has it occured to anyone that these mattresses were put there by the skaters etc so they would have something to land on while practicing their stunts? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 28

5:45pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

"Improvised crash pads" bit of a laugh dragging them over, lot of fun trying new stunts, but we really can't be bothered to take them back....kids on school hols..
"Improvised crash pads" bit of a laugh dragging them over, lot of fun trying new stunts, but we really can't be bothered to take them back....kids on school hols.. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 23

6:19pm Fri 15 Aug 14

jolllyboy says...

Removed - so does that make it okay now then. No it doesnt - get security for goodness sake.
Removed - so does that make it okay now then. No it doesnt - get security for goodness sake. jolllyboy
  • Score: 4

6:26pm Fri 15 Aug 14

abd123 says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Removed - so does that make it okay now then. No it doesnt - get security for goodness sake.
There is security and she is in front of it. What security is suggested for old mattresses?
In many playgrounds they install soft landing surfaces.
We should be glad the kids are out and doing activities instead of in front of a screen. How about giving them gym mats for soft landings?
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Removed - so does that make it okay now then. No it doesnt - get security for goodness sake.[/p][/quote]There is security and she is in front of it. What security is suggested for old mattresses? In many playgrounds they install soft landing surfaces. We should be glad the kids are out and doing activities instead of in front of a screen. How about giving them gym mats for soft landings? abd123
  • Score: 13

6:30pm Fri 15 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

abd123 wrote:
jolllyboy wrote:
Removed - so does that make it okay now then. No it doesnt - get security for goodness sake.
There is security and she is in front of it. What security is suggested for old mattresses?
In many playgrounds they install soft landing surfaces.
We should be glad the kids are out and doing activities instead of in front of a screen. How about giving them gym mats for soft landings?
How about they abandon the skate park, and go into Leigh and vandalise some cars, get drunk and have a spliff....
[quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Removed - so does that make it okay now then. No it doesnt - get security for goodness sake.[/p][/quote]There is security and she is in front of it. What security is suggested for old mattresses? In many playgrounds they install soft landing surfaces. We should be glad the kids are out and doing activities instead of in front of a screen. How about giving them gym mats for soft landings?[/p][/quote]How about they abandon the skate park, and go into Leigh and vandalise some cars, get drunk and have a spliff.... sesibollox
  • Score: -7

8:04pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Just get the boys from the recycle centre to drag them back, simples why the big Hoo Har.
Just get the boys from the recycle centre to drag them back, simples why the big Hoo Har. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 11

11:47pm Fri 15 Aug 14

alert says...

STOLEN "" ha ha seems like they were just recycled for a little while"" no harm done how does a few mattresses stop your daughter playing in the park , for an hour !!!!! Also its a skate park !!! No swings etc !
STOLEN "" ha ha seems like they were just recycled for a little while"" no harm done how does a few mattresses stop your daughter playing in the park , for an hour !!!!! Also its a skate park !!! No swings etc ! alert
  • Score: 3

11:56pm Fri 15 Aug 14

alert says...

P.s sounds like you've got your daughter quite a cushty little job there for a hr pop along with her & have lunch & cockles while your there!!!!!! & report a few items borrowed at the same time lunch on expenses !!!!
P.s sounds like you've got your daughter quite a cushty little job there for a hr pop along with her & have lunch & cockles while your there!!!!!! & report a few items borrowed at the same time lunch on expenses !!!! alert
  • Score: 8

9:15am Sat 16 Aug 14

Bernard Manning says...

SEVEN?!?!??!??!?!!?!
?!!?!?!?!
SEVEN?!?!??!??!?!!?! ?!!?!?!?! Bernard Manning
  • Score: 2

9:19am Sat 16 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
Just get the boys from the recycle centre to drag them back, simples why the big Hoo Har.
Last time they were stealing detonators, eye eye.
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: Just get the boys from the recycle centre to drag them back, simples why the big Hoo Har.[/p][/quote]Last time they were stealing detonators, eye eye. sesibollox
  • Score: 2

9:19am Sat 16 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
Just get the boys from the recycle centre to drag them back, simples why the big Hoo Har.
Last time they were stealing detonators, eye eye.
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: Just get the boys from the recycle centre to drag them back, simples why the big Hoo Har.[/p][/quote]Last time they were stealing detonators, eye eye. sesibollox
  • Score: 0

12:02pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

"A spokesman for Southend Council said the mattresses were reported late on Monday afternoon and were removed by workmen on Tuesday morning."



Nice to see Cory spring into action.
"A spokesman for Southend Council said the mattresses were reported late on Monday afternoon and were removed by workmen on Tuesday morning." Nice to see Cory spring into action. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 6

9:17pm Sat 16 Aug 14

lucy10 says...

the beds on there way
the beds on there way lucy10
  • Score: 0

4:20pm Mon 18 Aug 14

MarcelloM says...

Some of the fondest memories of my youth involved smashing fluorescent lightbulbs. The loud 'pop' followed by the cloud of white smoke will always remind me of summers in Sicily, where we would steal old strip lighting from skips outside local restaurants and throw them like javelins off of white marlstone cliffs of the Scala dei Turchi.

Wonderful times.
Some of the fondest memories of my youth involved smashing fluorescent lightbulbs. The loud 'pop' followed by the cloud of white smoke will always remind me of summers in Sicily, where we would steal old strip lighting from skips outside local restaurants and throw them like javelins off of white marlstone cliffs of the Scala dei Turchi. Wonderful times. MarcelloM
  • Score: -1

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