Dog-owning ‘thugs’ who think washdyke park belongs to them

DAMAGE -- an example of one of the vandalised tree-branches at Washdyke
DAMAGE -- an example of one of the vandalised tree-branches at Washdyke

I READ with interest Adrian Halford’s Letter in last week’s Dispatch about horse droppings on the children’s playground at Washdyke Lane Recreation Ground in Hucknall.

As a resident who overlooks this park, I can confirm that horses from stables on Washdyke Lane are regularly led around the park, sometimes groomed on the park or ridden around and across the park, though often through the trees as a short cut to get on to the old railway line to Linby.

To be fair, some of the horse-riders only use the roads and as usual, I fear it is one, or maybe two, who cause the problem.

I am more concerned with the current ‘fashion’ by some owners of bull-terrier-type dogs to pull down boughs and branches from the trees on Washdyke Lane Recreation Ground and, after letting their dogs get a grip with their jaws, release the branch to leave the dogs dangling by their teeth, while shredding and destroying the tree branch in the process. The owner usually stands by, clearly impressed by the power of their dog’s jaws.

But who else is this behaviour meant to impress — or perhaps intimidate — I wonder?

This ‘fashion’ is not restricted to youths or owners of single dogs. One regular ‘artist’ has two dogs who he sets up to dangle by their jaws, side by side, while he stands by with hands on hips — and he is too old to be a ‘misguided-youth’.

Sadly, some of these bull-terrier-type-owning ‘dog thugs’ have also taken over the shelter on the park and the children’s play areas, letting their dogs run free and intimidate other users of the park and its facilities.

These dogs are often without collars, very badly trained and if any requests are made of the owners to control their dogs, a barrage of obscenities and abuse is forthcoming.

Some even claim that the park is theirs because they claim to be related to the youth who was sadly killed while crossing Washdyke Lane and in whose memory part of the park is dedicated.

I suppose the habit of smashing glass all over the hard play areas and surrounding grass (where children of all ages play) is how that poor lad would like to have been remembered?

By the way, I have informed Ashfield’s dog warden.

WASHDYKE WATCHDOG,

Washdyke Lane,

Hucknall.

(Name and address

supplied).