Parks left in terrible state by revellers enjoying the sun
A STATUE was daubed with paint and several parks left looking like "tips" by people who left rubbish behind after enjoying the sunshine.
The vandalism of the statue of William III in Queen Square was just one of a number of incidents in parks over the weekend that left residents sickened. The city council sent extra rangers to the busiest parks and removed enough litter to fill 20 skips from one park alone.
Doris Ward, 88, of Bedminster, told the Post that Queen Square looked "awful" on Sunday morning.
She said: "There were beer cans everywhere. Even the grass had been spoiled in places and they had daubed the great statue with white paint."
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Gail Willis, 48, who works on the Harbourside, said of the statue vandalism: "If they catch whoever did it they should make them clean it off with a toothbrush."
Large quantities of litter were also left at Ashton Court, St Andrew's Park and the Downs.
Dr Allie Dunnington, a balloon pilot who lives in Clifton, saw rubbish abandoned all over both Ashton Court and the Downs on Sunday and yesterday.
She said: "I was shocked to see the piles of rubbish, plastic, cans, barbecue trays and empty bottles spread around all over those lovely meadows and grasslands. It looked like the tip or parts of the worst outskirts of Bombay.
"Some people seem not even to have bothered to try and collect their rubbish onto a single pile but just left everything as it was."
City council spokeswoman Kate Hartas said an extra two grounds staff worked in St Andrew's Park over the weekend, from 7.30am until 4pm.
During this time they picked up 70 cubic metres of litter – enough to fill about 20 6ft-long rubbish skips.
On the Downs, two rangers spent five hours each on Saturday and Sunday litter picking and monitoring the use of barbecues. Three large skips were filled with litter and six large oil drums were left as a temporary measure for people to fill with their rubbish. Extra staff patrolled Castle Park and Queen Square.
Ms Hartas said the council would pursue anyone found littering and had issued 43 people with £75 fixed penalties last year. Those who did not pay up faced an average £300 fine at court.
She said: "This level of littering is very unacceptable, and park visitors should think twice before leaving their litter next time.
"Full bins are no excuse – if they are full, visitors are expected to take their rubbish home."