Vandals kill town centre fish

PUBLISHED: 17:14 07 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:24 24 May 2010

MINDLESS vandals poured detergent into a Clevedon town centre pond - causing scores of fish to die

MINDLESS vandals poured detergent into a Clevedon town centre pond - causing scores of fish to die.Hooligans threw the liquid into the pond at Queens Square early on Thursday night, turning the water into a frothing foam.The bubbles meant that the fish - some of which had lived in there for years - were left gasping for breath.Fire crews from Clevedon were called to the scene by the RSPCA and managed to scrape out a large amount of the foam from the water. Firemen and passers-by pulled the fish from the pond and took them home in a bid to save them.Despite valiant efforts, a number of fish still died.The vandal attack has upset town leaders who say more attention needs to be paid to the town centre shopping area to prevent repeat attacks.Clevedon Local Action Team (LAT) chairman Patrick McNeill said: "The mess was horrendous and it was very sad watching the fish in the pond, gasping for breath."It is such a shame as some of the fish were gold carp and had been in there for some time. "The area looks a mess and it has been let go to an extent that it gives the impression that no one cares"If the vandals think no one does care, then the area is fair game."The LAT is always complaining about the cleanliness of the area and the fact that the bins are not emptied regularly."It just looks a pigsty down there."The square is jointly managed by North Somerset Council and company DTZ.A spokesman for DTZ said: "We are responsible for the canopy area by the shops and the pond. "We are not going to restock the pond with fish following this incident."This is the second time this sort of thing has happened and last time fire extinguishers were set off in the pond."We spent £400 on re-stocking the pond last year."It is very sad someone has done this."North Somerset Council spokesman Zoe Briffitt said a team would be going out to inspect Queens Square following the attack.Mrs Briffitt said: "We are not aware of any decline in the area."Staff from our parks and open spaces department will be taking a look at the area this week and, if necessary, we will contact the management company if any improvements need to be made.

More from Weston Mercury

Millions of pounds will be invested into Weston’s Central ward to improve primary care.

Read more
35 minutes ago

At the end of a busy summer, a Lions club has emptied its wishing pool.

Read more

A blue plaque commemorating one of Weston’s most famous architects was unveiled this week.

Read more
07:54

Roadworks will begin on the A370 today (Monday).

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

Staff and families raised more than £3,000 at a primary school’s Christmas fair.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A smash hit West End play will visit the Bristol Hippodrome in February.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:38

A pedestrian has been killed in a crash in involving a lorry.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:58

A Mead Vale youngster has sold handmade festive goods to help those who need food over Christmas.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

A concert featuring some of Weston’s most popular acts will come to the Grand Pier this Christmas.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

An artist hoping to remind people of the ‘true meaning of Christmas’ has created a 20ft angel in Locking Castle.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 9°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists