Thames Valley Police (TVP) has provided an update after it was reported there was a spate of anti-social behaviour in Riley Park.

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

Locals found broken glass among the waste left labelling the situation “extremely dangerous” whilst there was also worry over fires that had been started in the park.

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Sergeant Oliver Brixey, of the Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team, based at Wycombe police station, said: “Thames Valley Police is aware of an increase in anti-social behaviour in Riley Park, Marlow.

“The Marlow Neighbourhood Policing Team regularly patrols the park in the afternoons and evenings to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.

“All reports are investigated by Thames Valley Police so I encourage the community to report all incidents either on our website or by calling 101.

“Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or via its website.”

A TVP social media post said: "Increased surveillance and patrolling of Marlow's Riley Rec. continues, following recent Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) - Youths have been littering and causing damage to seating areas.

"We thank local residents for taking the time to report the recent incidents as we continue to try and identify the offenders.

"Please continue to report these issues, together with any evidence that may be of use to us."

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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.”

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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