New pay and display machines in two car parks in Wigston were attacked by vandals just weeks after the parking fee came into effect.
Both machines were filled with expanding foam, forcing Oadby and Wigston Borough Council to let drivers park for free in the Frederick Street and Spring Lane car parks.
The council introduced charges for its previously free car parks in January, prompting concern from everyone from ordinary residents to the Oadby branch of Marks and Spencer.
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The vandalism attacks, which rendered the machines inoperable, took place over the weekend and the council is urging anyone with information to call Leicestershire Police.
A statement on the council’s Facebook site said: “Over the weekend of February 26 and 27, two of the council’s pay and display machines were deliberately vandalized.
“The machines, at Frederick Street car park and Spring Lane car park in Wigston, have been rendered unusable.
“An engineer was called in to assess the damage.
“Information has been submitted to the police and the matter is being actively investigated. If the culprits are identified, the council will take legal action.
“Anyone with information about the offenses is asked to contact Leicestershire Police.”
One person commenting on the council’s Facebook group said: ‘What a joke. Breaking the machines won’t change the fact that they now charge for parking. It will just cost us when the council has to fix/replace them.’
The council’s message was also shared on the Spotted in Wigston group where people shared their opinions.
One person wrote: ‘Someone who speaks for the rest of us I’d say!
Another said: “I doubt this is the first time this has happened.”
There were several similar comments, including: “Tip from Oadby & Wigston – think people are trying to tell you something.”
Another said: “Surprised it took so long.”
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