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Halesowen stolen play equipment to be replaced

Play equipment which was stolen from a West Midlands nature reserve is to be replaced over the Christmas break.

The play area for toddlers at The Leasowes, in Halesowen, was targeted by thieves on 29 August.

Metal items, including slides and swings, were hacked down and stolen - it is thought for scrap.

Dudley Council said it hoped to deter thieves by installing new equipment which does not have large areas of stainless steel.

A new climbing frame with a slide will be installed and the swings will be repaired.

Councillor David Stanley, cabinet member for environment and culture, said: "The sickening theft in August saddened everybody to think that people could stoop so low as to deprive children of a play area.

"We are delighted that we have been able to find the funds to replace the equipment and hope youngsters in the area will be able to enjoy it this Christmas and for many years to come."

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