‘Totally wanton and needless destruction’

The CowParade artwork in Lilian Bland Community Park, Glengormley - a project completed by local schoolchildren - was destroyed by vandals over the weekend. INNT 29-501CON
The CowParade artwork in Lilian Bland Community Park, Glengormley - a project completed by local schoolchildren - was destroyed by vandals over the weekend. INNT 29-501CON

GLENGORMLEY residents have hit out at those responsible for wrecking the CowParade sculpture in Lilian Bland Community Park at the weekend.

One Carnmoney Road resident said he had taken his children to the park on Sunday to see the colourful creation, only to find it destroyed.

“It’s unbelievable,” he told the Times. “What sort of a society are we living in when vandals are wrecking children’s artwork? This was just wanton vandalism; it’s absolutely disgraceful.”

The Chair of Glengormley Community Group branded the vandalism “wanton and needless destruction”.

Catherine Hardy, who is also a member of the Park Watch Scheme which patrols the park, said: “This was just terrible. People may think it is a bit of a laugh, but a lot of hard work went into it by the kids.

“This is totally wanton and needless destruction. We have been talking with the teenagers in the park and they are angry. One of them said to me ‘this is why we don’t get anything in the park’, which coming from them says a lot.

“There are just some idiots out there who want to ruin it for all of us.”

Brian McCalden, former Chairman of Antrim Line Community Policing Forum, also described the vandalism as “mindless” and branded those responsible “evil people”.

It is understood that CCTV footage from both parks is being reviewed by the police, council staff and community group representatives in a bid to identify those responsible.