YOUTHS have been blamed for ‘snapping’ the Jubilee Fountain in the town’s Central Park – which was meant to be a lasting tribute to the Queen for the Diamond Jubilee.
Vandalism is happening on almost a daily basis, according to Boston Borough Council’s parks staff, who have reported flowers being ripped up and stones thrown.
The newly-installed fountain was damaged after teenagers allegedly climbed onto it and rocked it loose – just two days after its official switch-on for the Jubilee celebrations.
Kevin Field, grounds staff chargehand, said: “Vandalism in the park is being committed on an almost daily basis with lavender plants torn out and thrown into the fountain, and other flowers ripped up.
“Youths had been seen climbing the fountain on Wednesday night and checks on Thursday morning revealed some movement in the structure. Further investigations showed the top two tiers had snapped off and were being held in position under their own weight.”
Authorities are now examining CCTV footage and have spoken to witnesses who reported seeing two girls, aged about 13, standing on the fountain and rocking it until the mortared joints broke.
Parks staff had to take the structure down as the damage left it unstable and unsafe.
The council said the fountain had already suffered some cosmetic damage after stones were thrown at it and the water muddied by clods of earth – even before its official switch on.
Coun Yvonne Gunter, portfolio holder for parks and open spaces, said: “The parks staff have done their very best to prevent this, but they cannot be everywhere all the time.
“They all work really hard to keep the park as nice as it can be and are proud of it, but their spirits are down because of the destructive actions of a few.”
She added: “The fountain can be resurrected – and we are now going to discuss where it can go.”
The fountain base is still in Central Park and the council now has plans to replace it with something vandal-proof.
Resident Des Portas, of Boston, contacted The Standard to say how disappointed he was to hear about the vandalism.
“I think it’s absolutely disgusting,” he said. “Whoever is responsible has no respect. It was such a lovely fountain and they had done such a good job with it, Central Park was looking really nice.”
The council is now urging the public to help them catch the culprits – and for nearby residents to help to protect Central Park’s future.
l Anyone with information about the vandalism at Central Park should call Boston Police Station by dialling 101.