THE Friends of Wollescote Park have been left "devastated" after yet another car was found dumped on the park.

Members of the voluntary group had only just tidied up damage caused by a previous vehicle that had wrecked a grassy area of the park.

Julia Marks, chairperson of the Friends, said group members were "devastated" to see another car abandoned on the park just days after volunteers went out armed with spades to try to repair the grass that was previously wrecked by an off-road driver.

Dudley Council said has said CCTV cameras in the park were being upgraded to keep a watchful eye on any potential criminal activities and council chiefs have invited the Friends group to bid for cash to help secure the park against vandal attacks.

But Julia Marks, chairperson of the Friends group, said the council now needs to take action to prioritise the safety of park users.

She told the News: "I feel it was a deflection to suggest the Friends group need to apply for funding to resolve this issue. It's a safety concern."

The group wants to put bollards up to stop vehicles getting onto the park and Julia said the Friends have even offered to dig the holes but they have not heard anything back from the council.

Police say the vehicle was dumped in the park after a police chase which began in Cradley Heath.

The passenger, a 47-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of burglary but the driver escaped after abandoning the car in a ditch in the park.