Construction firm helps out after heartless crooks steal swings from children’s play area

Hope Construction Materials has donated money towards new swings at Roxton.
Hope Construction Materials has donated money towards new swings at Roxton.

A construction firm has stepped in after swings were stolen from a children’s park.

Hope Construction Materials, which operates the Black Cat Quarry, came to the rescue following the village theft and donated £1,500 towards the project.

The rest of the money was covered by insurance.

Workers from Hope Construction visited the park to hand over a cheque to parish council chairman John Greenwood and the firm has also offered the services of its own skilled team to help with the park gate and improving security.

Mr Greenwood said: “After the despicable theft of the swings that we had scrimped and saved to buy, we were further disappointed when the insurance cover would only address direct replacement of the stolen swings and not the cost of making the site good and making repairs to the surrounding area.

“As such we thought we’d have to defer the replacement until well into 2015 - that is until Hope Construction Materials kindly stepped in with a very generous offer to bridge the shortfall in funds their great offer means that the Parish Council can go ahead and order the replacements, and make good the damage.”

There are also plans to install CCTV equipment to deter crooks in the future.