The threatening note left on a metal platform in a children's play park in Marcham, Oxfordshire, warning the village: 'No more f***ing music'

A vandal who glued nails to children’s play equipment in a sleepy Oxfordshire village also scrawled a terrifying note calling for ‘no more f***ing music’ following the night it held its annual fete.

Police are investigating after the twisted thug glued nails onto swings, slides and climbing frames at a parish council play area in Marcham, near Oxford at the weekend and left a message on a metal platform in marker pen.

The note, which has horrified locals, read: ‘Dear Marcham, no more f***ing music! I waited 8 hours on Saturday! Final warning or else!’

Parents told MailOnline the vandalism occurred following the Marcham Big Weekend – a local village get-together with live music in the park on Saturday May 11. 

They believe the vandal struck overnight into Sunday – but are at a loss to explain why the vandal has chosen to target young children with their gripe.

Images of the nails have been circulating on social media and parents’ groups with captions wrongly claiming they are from playgrounds in London. 

The threatening note left on a metal platform in a children's play park in Marcham, Oxfordshire, warning the village: 'No more f***ing music'

The threatening note left on a metal platform in a children’s play park in Marcham, Oxfordshire, warning the village: ‘No more f***ing music’

Police are investigating after a vandal left the nails glued onto equipment, including this slide, at the parish council play area in Marcham over the weekend

Police are investigating after a vandal left the nails glued onto equipment, including this slide, at the parish council play area in Marcham over the weekend

A local official said the nails appeared overnight and have now been removed, with no children injured

A local official said the nails appeared overnight and have now been removed, with no children injured

One of the nails on a rotating platform. The parish clerk said a swing for toddlers was also targeted

One of the nails on a rotating platform. The parish clerk said a swing for toddlers was also targeted 

Lara Law, manager of the Little Angels nursery that sits on the edge of the village park, said: ‘There is a huge community of parents here, a lot of my friends live here with babies and children – and the kids love the playground, it’s always busy.

‘My own child is at an age where he wants to run around and normally in a quiet village park, I wouldn’t think twice about it. Now, everyone is a bit worried.

‘When we are out, one of us adults always checks the park because you never know what might be going to happen.

‘Whoever did this with the nails, this person is punishing the children of the village when it has nothing to do with the children. It’s just quite sad.

‘It is a massive shame because we had the Big Weekend which was so lovely and went on until quite late in the evening – this was a bit of a harsh wake up to the fete the next morning.’

The nails were spotted by another local mother who removed them before reporting the vandalism to the police.

Ms Law, 31, added: ‘For so many of us who use the park, it would be nice to know the outcome of the police investigation. Then, we can relax.’ 

Childminder Sally Skellington, 50, looks after six youngsters whom she regularly takes to the park.

She said: ‘It’s very worrying. Before we go in, we always check the playground anyway – but parents do not always risk assess like we do. 

‘There was a nail even in the baby swing chair. I have lived here 27 years and we never had any problem with the playground before.

‘It’s quite sad because not only do we go there, it’s all new equipment as well.’

Locals have said the playground had recently been revamped and reopened to the public around October last year.

One resident of a street backing onto the park added: ‘It’s disgraceful. Mindless. It was a community effort on the part of the neighbourhood to revamp the area – and it was refurbished especially for young children. It’s very sad.’

The play area is less than 200 yards from a Church of England primary school and a nursery

The play area is less than 200 yards from a Church of England primary school and a nursery

The parish council has put up a note warning parents to be vigilant despite the nails being removed from the play equipment

The parish council has put up a note warning parents to be vigilant despite the nails being removed from the play equipment

Grandmother Jennifer Pam, 74, said the incident had shaken the whole village and she had warned her grandchildren off going to the park without an adult.

She said: ‘Everybody in the village is quite shocked by this. It’s the safeguarding of the children which is at issue here.

‘Now my grandchildren are not to go there unless an adult is with them.

‘I think the person responsible is somebody who is an adult, because nobody walks around with glue and nails in their pocket unless they intend to do something like this. Hopefully police will take this seriously.’

A local official said the nails appeared overnight and have now been removed, with no children injured. But parents are being urged to remain vigilant. 

They were found on a swing for toddlers, a rotating platform and towards the end of a slide – raising the horrific prospect of a child jumping down from the top of the slide without realising the nail was at the bottom. 

Marcham, around five miles south-west of Oxford, is a pretty and historic village with a Georgian manor house, a pub, a shop, a Post Office and a 13th-century church. 

The play area is less than 200 yards from a Church of England primary school and a nursery. 

The local parish council clerk in Marcham said the nails had been found over the weekend. 

The clerk told MailOnline: ‘We are shocked and horrified by the incident. It is beyond comprehension that anyone would sabotage a play space like that but thankfully no children were injured. 

‘The nails were found on toddlers’ swings too as well as a slide and a rotating platform. They were glued onto the equipment with hard glue – a bit like superglue – but have now been removed.’

Marcham is a pretty and historic village with a Georgian manor house, a pub, a shop, a Post Office and a 13th-century church

Marcham is a pretty and historic village with a Georgian manor house, a pub, a shop, a Post Office and a 13th-century church 

Another general view of the village, which is around five miles south-west of Oxford

Another general view of the village, which is around five miles south-west of Oxford

The clerk said police had been informed and ‘were now investigating’. 

She added: ‘There’s been no damage to the equipment and the area is safe. Notices have been put on the play area gates to advise parents to be vigilant just in case it reoccurs but the play area is still open. 

‘Should this reoccur then it might have to be closed but we are keeping a close eye on things and the area is being checked several times a day.’ 

Thames Valley Police said: ‘We received reports of criminal damage at The Paddocks, Marcham between 1am on Sunday (12/5) and 10am on Monday (13/5).

‘Officers are investigating the reports.

‘Anyone with any information, please call 101 quoting 43240224827.’

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