A spate of vandalism at Riley Park in Marlow has left residents furious about the anti-social behaviour.

Pictures show large amounts of rubbish left in the park that sits behind the Sainsbury’s car park in West Street.

Locals have found broken glass among the waste left at the park labelling the situation “extremely dangerous”.

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There has also been reports of teenagers starting fires in the park with pictures showing scorch marks left on pathways in the area.

The chairman of the Riley Park Trust, Terry Bignall, confirmed following conversation with nearby schools the individuals responsible have been identified.

He said: “The trustees of Riley Park are pleased to advise that following conversations with local schools, the vandals and firestarter have been identified and the sets of parents are being contacted.

“The damaged bench will be repaired shortly and we are looking at CCTV and other measures to ensure that the park remains safe for all to use.

“Our thanks to the fantastic support given by the schools.”

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A trustee for the park added: “It is sad and disappointing that charity funds will have to be used to repair damage caused in the park.  

“Riley Park is a charity that benefits the local community and the senseless actions of a few can damage the enjoyment of many that make good use of a park in the heart of the town centre.”

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A Thames Valley Police spokesman said that patrols will be increased in problem areas and the force encourages residents to report any issues by calling 101 or via their website.

Riley Park Trust is a registered charity and is run by a team of voluntary trustees and receives no funding from the public purse.

The trust was set up in 1914 by the benefactor Mr Edward Riley with the objective of the park giving a place for children to play safely off the streets.  

Edward lived at ‘Bohemia’ Bisham for twenty-six years and is described as Marlow’s “greatest philanthropist”.

He died in September 1914 with the park opening shortly after his death.