VANDALISM has reared its ugly head in Knighton with taxpayers once again having to foot the bill for the damage, complains the chairman of the town forum.
In recent weeks the historical Bryn-y-Castell mound and moat site was regrassed and a metal barrier was installed paid for by Cadw, the Ancient Monument organisation at the Welsh Government, and overseen by Knighton Town Forum.
The site had previously been damaged by vandals last summer when BMX bikers cut a track on the moat and castle mound.
The new replacement barrier did not last long after reckless vandals bent it down so that another BMX jump could be created, ruining the newly laid grass.
Roger Bright, chairman of Knighton Town Forum, said: “I am disgusted with these yobs.
“When we as a voluntary organisation are giving up our time free of charge to try and improve the town, we seem to be working for nothing.
“This has to be stopped as the taxpayers are the ones who are continually picking up the bill. I don't think people realise if the culprits are caught they will have a criminal record for the rest of their lives.”
Following a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Knighton last August by Dyfed-Powys Police, things have calmed down in the town with the UK Crime Stats website recording as few as 31 incidents of anti-social behaviour since then compared with July and August of last summer when there were a staggering 51 incidents of anti-social behaviour recorded.
Knighton police are hoping that the issue does not become prominent again this summer.
Bill Cowan of Knighton Police said: “The drive against this sort of anti-social behaviour can only be won if everyone accepts responsibility for tackling it by reporting any inappropriate or unacceptable behaviour.
“Failing to act simply condones this behaviour, fuelling further acts as the fear of being caught is removed.
“If we all took the time to play our part then this type of behaviour would be greatly reduced as we all suffer when local landmarks and amenities are damaged in this way.”