CONCERNED villagers have vowed not to give gate thieves an easy ride.
Thieves removed the wrought iron gates from the children’s play area behind the Robin Hood Hotel in Helsby.
Now with the gates missing from the park, residents are worried that the play area may become vandalised, misused, and that local children could be hurt by damaged equipment.
The gates, bought by Helsby Parish Council to lock up the park during the evenings, are thought to be uninsured against theft and could cost hundreds of pounds to replace.
The theft is the third gate to be snatched by thieves over the past two weeks, with similar gates disappearing from homes in Alvanley and Tattenhall.
Now the parish council is looking into ways of securing all the gates across the village, including the cemetery gates, which residents fear could be the thieves next target.
Helsby Parish Clerk Janette Hughes said: “We have the gates as a health and safety measure, so if a piece of equipment falls below standards we can lock the gates so that young children can’t get in. ”