Police are warning parents that their children could be arrested after anti-social behaviour in Northumberland.
Officers in Blyth have been called to a number of reports of criminal damage at a newly-erected playground on Sandringham Drive in the South Newsham estate.
The playground was only unveiled in May by Blyth Town Council but police have received a number of reports of youths kicking down the perimeter fence. In one evening alone 50 fence planks were torn down.
Police are now asking parents to speak to their children about the damage and are warning that the youngsters could face arrest if they are caught committing an offence.
Blyth Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Simpson said: “I want to ask parents to warn their children about the consequences of vandalism and the impact it has on our communities.
“This kind of mindless criminal damage is a criminal offence and offenders could be arrested if they are caught in the act.
“Residents should be able to take pride in their neighbourhood and shameful behaviour such as this takes that away from them.
“I would urge anyone with information about the vandalism to get in touch so our officers can stop offenders from repeatedly targeting this playground in particular.”
Blyth Town Coun John Potts said: “In the last few years Blyth Town Council has created or refurbished four play areas for our children to use.
“The most recent one on Sandringham Drive cost more than £83,000 and these are paid for from the parish council tax and other grants.
“However, we have recently had a spate of vandalism which is destroying local facilities and means that your money has to be spent on repairs instead of being put to better use for everyone in Blyth.
“The damage is being caused by children – your children. I would urge all parents to talk to their children about the consequences of vandalism.”
Anyone who has any information about the damage, or anyone who witnesses the vandals in action, is asked to contact police in Blyth on 101 extension 69691.