'Mindless' vandals trash Brockwell Lido for second night in a row

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A popular lido forced to close after the poolside was trashed has been targeted by “mindless” vandals for the second night in a row.

Brockwell Lido, in south London, was targeted by thugs who hurled items into the pool hours after the busy facility celebrated its 80th anniversary on Saturday.

On Sunday evening vandals struck again, ripping up paving slabs and throwing lifeguards’ seats and benches into the water as temperatures in the capital soared to 27C.

The pool was forced to close due to damage to security alarms, a tweet posted on the site’s official account said.

Pictures posted by the lido on Monday showed the extent of the damage alongside the caption: “Once again, due to overnight vandalism, the pool is closed. Pool alarms have again been damaged. Engineers have been called to support.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused. We will update as soon as possible.”

Pool users slammed those responsible.

An account called Brockwell Lido Users wrote on Twitter: “To the vandals who wrecked @Brockwell_Lido pool last night. You are senseless and mindless. The damage caused will not stop us reopening.”

Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood Helen Hayes said: “So sorry to hear that @Brockwell_Lido was damaged by vandals last night, thanks to all who worked to get the pool open again now.”

Becky Whitefoot added: “This is terrible @Brockwell_Lido after having such a wonderful time on Saturday.” 

Fusion Lifestyle which runs the lido has been contacted for a comment.

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