CCTV cameras look set to be installed in an area of Weymouth which has been blighted by vandalism.

The Echo has reported how the new playpark behind the swimming pool at the Marsh in Westham has been targeted by yobs who have damaged costly play equipment and started fires.

In the latest act, a trampoline was damaged and has since been removed by Weymouth Town Council. This was

a replacement trampoline for one which had been set on fire in the summer.

Police were also called to the playpark after receiving reports of anti-social behaviour and “a group of young people setting fire to things” in the area.

Now councillors have heard there are discussions underway to improve security – including putting up CCTV cameras looking over the swimming pool area and the playpark.

The cameras would be linked up to the Dorset Council system which is monitored at a state-of-the-art control room in Dorchester.

The subject of vandalism at the park was raised at a full council meeting by resident Eddie Farn who demanded the council take action.

He said: “Why on earth are you giving up on the play park?

“Please look after the youngsters, it’s their playpark, you need to get hold of the people (vandalising the park).”

Mr Farn said he has taken it upon himself to confront some of the vandals.

He told councillors: “The police aren’t doing anything, so I have a go at them myself. I get so irate about it.”

Tara Williams, parks and open spaces manager for the town council, said: “Unfortunately the trampoline has been damaged

three times in the last three months and at some point you have to make the decision to remove it, because it looks like they’re actively going back to vandalise it every time we repair it.”

She said the trampoline will instead be put to good use elsewhere in the town.

Ms Williams added that the town council has been in talks with the supplier of the play equipment to install an alternative piece of equipment in its place.

She said she is also in talks with Dorset Council about installing CCTV cameras around the play area and the swimming pool.

The cost will be split three ways between Dorset Council, Weymouth Town Council and the swimming pool operator.

Cllr Lucy Hamilton said she had raised concerns about anti-social behaviour at the Marsh with Inspector Barry Gosling of Weymouth and Portland Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Cllr Hamilton encouraged residents not to put themselves in the way of harm and to dial 999 if a crime is in process.