VANDALS caused extensive damage to playgrounds weeks after a major investment in facilities.
Cornforth Memorial Park recently spent £ 100,000 in grants and council funding to improve play areas for young people and families in West Cornforth, County Durham.
But already, vandals have started fires on the safety siding, scratched paint on the fence and damaged safety edging on a round sitting swing seat.
Between Wednesday and Thursday, a new swing seat was set on fire and smashed in half.
Board Chair Pauline Crathorne said: “These acts of vandalism are heartbreaking, especially after the parish council has invested so much money and obtained grants to upgrade the playground and the vandals have kept our young people out. use this improved play equipment.
“This is just the latest act of vandalism on communal property in recent weeks, costing residents hundreds of pounds, through their council tax, for repairs.”
Police have been notified and the public is urged to contact Durham Police on 101 with information.
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