CONSTRUCTION equipment used on a community plaza project in Thurnscoe has been vandalised.

The £250,000 site, formerly disused playing fields on Houghton Road, had its grand opening earlier this month after years of work by community group Big Local Thurnscoe.

But police said on Tuesday vandals - who smashed the cab on a construction vehicle - were making the group’s job ‘very difficult’.

A spokesperson for Barnsley South East Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We are disappointed to say that whilst the Big Local, Thurnscoe are trying their best to make Thurnscoe more desirable by putting the plaza in place, and giving the young people something to do, there are some people that are making this very difficult for them.

“Today we have had a report that the digger on site been damaged extensively.”