A COUNCILLOR has hit out at ‘mindless vandals’ who have caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage just six weeks after the £8,000 equipment was opened.

Coun David Leech, of the St Helen’s ward, unveiled the playground equipment in November on Laxton Road to give local kids a lift following the pandemic-hit year.

However last week, David believes a group of teens smashed up the children’s swings at the park - and they’ve since been forced to remove them to keep people safe.

He added: “They originally cost £8,000 to put up only six weeks ago.

“It’s the older kids that have ruined it for the younger ones because they’re the ones that are suffering.

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“We got the funding for this and to see what mindless people have done is really disheartening.

“It’s going to cost £345 to repaid the swings and then once they’ve been replaced it’ll be about £500.

“If anyone has any information please phone 101 and report the mindless individuals who have spoilt this for youngsters.”