Vandals damage community lake

(l-r) Paul Convin, bailiff of Martinwell Lake, local anglers Sheryl Convin and Robby Hill, both of Edlington, are unhappy about the amount of vandalism going on at the lake, for instance posts in the picnic area have been taken out of the ground. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Paul Convin, bailiff of Martinwell Lake, local anglers Sheryl Convin and Robby Hill, both of Edlington, are unhappy about the amount of vandalism going on at the lake, for instance posts in the picnic area have been taken out of the ground. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A BEAUTY spot has become the target of vandals who have undertaken a campaign of damage, shooting birds, ripping up trees and destroying picnic tables.

Vandals have been going into the Martinwells Lake in Edlington and causing damage most evenings, leaving a trail of destruction for families and anglers using the site each morning.

Damage to Martinwell's Lake at Edlington. Picture: Sharon Cauvin

Damage to Martinwell's Lake at Edlington. Picture: Sharon Cauvin

Sheryl Cauvin, whose husband Paul is the bailiff for the site, said she had seen wildlife deliberately wrapped up in wire and left to die, birds riddled with bullet holes and damage to fence posts which have been rammed by vehicles.

She said: “We are trying to make this a nice area for whole community and it is heart breaking that people are doing this.

“It is normally every day we find something damaged, even though Paul does patrols.

“Recently we saw a moorhen with a bullet hole right through its chest and a swan wrapped up in wire which died.

“People out there must know who is doing it, and it is a real shame as we just want to improve the area and make it a place for everyone.”

The site, formerly known as the Brick Ponds, was where two youngsters were attacked and sexually assaulted by two brothers in Doncaster Council foster care in April 2009.

But since the horrific attack the Friends of Martinwells Lake was set up to transform the area, carrying out community clean up operations and installing benches and picnic areas.

Just last summer dozens of volunteers helped clear up litter from the area in a bid to make it into a community and family hub.

There have been suggestions by police that private CCTV is installed at the fishing lake, but Mr Cauvin feels any expensive camera equipment brought in, would just become another victim of the vandals.

He currently is responsible for opening and closing the site at the start and end of the day, clearing up any damage and liaising with police to try and stop further damage.

Police and fire crews confirmed they have been repeatedly called out to the site this year.