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Oswestry play area reopens three years after vandalism

A Shropshire play area which was wrecked by vandals nearly three years ago has finally reopened.

The area at Unicorn Road, in Oswestry, was unusable after tins of paints were splashed around and toys were broken by burglars in September 2007.

The area, run by charity Home-Start, was refurbished with the help of artist Phil Evans and £500 from a police fund which helps victims of crime.

A Shropshire Council grant also aided the revamp.

Scheme manager Elaine Griffiths said local designer Mr Evans had done a fantastic job and helped create "an exciting new space".

Home-Start is a group which offers support to families and West Mercia Police said it offered the money as officers had been moved by the disappointment of the children.

The police fund is made up of donations from officers and from proceeds from the sale of seized property where the owners cannot be found.

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