A COUNTY councillor has hit out at thieves who stole two gates from around the Manor Sports Complex in Mansfield Woodhouse.
The incident took place between last Thursday night after 11pm and 9am the following morning with thieves removing two gates with a hacksaw and causing damage to another gate at the Kingsley Avenue site.
Coun Joyce Bosnjak, who represents Mansfield North on Nottinghamshire County Council, helped install the pioneering £20,000 ‘gating order’ two years ago to help reduce nuisance behaviour in the area which had become a magnet for boozed up teenagers for several years beforehand.
“These gates have been a real success and have drastically improved the lives of people living in the area,” she said.
“It is a shame that this has happened and we will put things right as soon as possible as a matter of urgency.”
The aims of the gating order are to close off a number of the alleyways and paths to prevent groups loitering or finding a speedy escape route when police are called.
But it is believed the thieves have stolen the gates to sell it on as scrap metal - a problem which is rife across the UK.
l Anyone with information about the incident should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 3009999 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.