Woodend and Pegasus kids are again missing a favourite playground part following the theft of the popular Lilypad swing from Gladstone Park for the second time. Council staff believe the thieves used bolt cutters to cut the support chains and steal the swing sometime between Monday 20 and Thursday 23 July. It looks similar to the swing shown in the photo and features a distinctive frog emblem on the seat. The missing swing was itself a replacement for one stolen from the park last October. Greenspace Manager, Grant MacLeod says the thefts are senseless. “This behaviour not only affects local kids who want to enjoy the playground, but also costs the wider community as the council has to pay to repair or replace damaged and stolen equipment. It’s frustrating to have to repeatedly deal with these thefts - this is public money and time that could otherwise be used on improving our District in other areas.” Council staff are working with contractors to source a replacement and will be looking at several anti-theft solutions to help protect the playground in the future. Grant asks for anyone with information about the theft or current whereabouts of the swing to contact Police and refer to file 200724/8579.