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Elsecar's Unofficial Park Keeper Gets Evicted

Wednesday September 28 2011

Francis McDonald - the Elsecar Park Cafe manager - has been given until the end of November to leave his business and his home after he appeared in court, charged with firing a shot gun in the air to warn off youths who, he claims, were vandalising the park. But, he says, since he moved in four years ago, he has become an unofficial park keeper and says he went above and beyond to care for the park which he loves. Hear more from Fran here.

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Reply Posted by yvonne randle was dobson on Wednesday September 28 2011 at 14:16
its the vandels that need punishing NOT MR McDONALD  after all he did'nt shoot at them he was just scaring them off how on gods earth can they go to the police and report him when they were in the wrong different mater if he add shot at them after all he was protecting the park which as become a much better place since he took over come on were is the justice in there actions on this matter

Reply Posted by Macdonaldfrancis19 on Wednesday September 28 2011 at 14:32
Thanks for that comment maude i realy appreciate it hope you and joe are ok


Reply Posted by Lesley on Wednesday September 28 2011 at 14:49
I agree it's disgusting the world has gone mad. Where were the police when the park was being vandalised.

Reply Posted by yvonne randle was dobson on Wednesday September 28 2011 at 15:59
ya welcome fran

Reply Posted by Dawn Crossland on Wednesday September 28 2011 at 18:49
Whats this world coming to when it takes fire from a gun to scare off youths that's because probably because they had been asked to stop vandalizing the park but ignored persons asking plus there were probably that many of the youths you can imagine what sort of response this person got when they asked them to stop in the first place, as they've got no respect young uns today. When they all get together they are Ferrell, don't care about anyone just their own click they hang about with and I bet it would open the parents eyes if saw what they were up to when they're out. Its disgusting  really and yes Ive 2 teenagers myself but would ask the question what were you doing in the first place for this to have happened. No one fires a gun into the air only as the last resort when they ve no where else to turn.