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Park warns vandals with cheeky post; LORNA HUGHES ON THE WAY COUNCIL STAFF ARE SHAMING FLY-TIPPERS.

PARK staff found the perfect way to shame "brazenly irresponsible" vandals who made this unsightly mess in a Wirral beauty spot.

They posted photos of a pile of wood and nails dumped in Birkenhead Park on its official Twitter account - with a cheeky message aimed at those responsible.

It said: "Just to let the kind person who dropped this off @BirkenheadPark1 know ... We are looking through our CCTV footage - Just so that we can thank you PROPERLY."

They ended the post with "Cheers" and a smiley face and thumbs up emojis.

Wirral council cabinet member for environment, Cllr Phillip Brightmore, said: "It beggars belief that someone could be so brazenly irresponsible and selfish to just dump this waste in the middle of the park during the daytime.

"Volunteers and staff have worked hard together to get our parks, coastal areas and other open spaces looking better than ever and a mindless act such as this must feel like a kick in the teeth for them.

"But we will not let it deter us. "Birkenhead Park staff are going through CCTV footage at the moment and they believe they have already identified a vehicle of interest.

"The people responsible for dumping the rubbish can rest assured all the information we gather will be handed over to our environmental enforcement team for investigation.

"We have proved time and again that we will use all the powers at our disposal to come down hard on those people who seek to blight our communities by illegally dumping waste and we will certainly seek to do so again in this case. Wirral Council will not tolerate environmental crime." Security at the world-famous park, which turned 170 last year, was stepped up in 2015 after a spate of vandalism and break-ins.

Extra patrols and more CCTV were introduced after break-ins at Birkenhead Park visitor centre and Birkenhead St Mary's Cricket Club.

Vandals also set fire to the park's 168-yearold Swiss Bridge, causing PS20,000 of damage. Park staff use their Twitter page to keep followers updated on events in Birkenhead Park as well as sharing photos of its famous features - and wildlife including squirrels and ducks.

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The wood dumped in Birkenhead Park; and, inset: The park staff's tweet

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Date:Feb 8, 2018
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