Police investigating a spate of damage at a play area in Bedmond, near Abbots Langley, are appealing for witnesses and information.
The damage occurred at the recreation ground off Toms Lane sometime between November 1 and November 3.
During this time, offenders have entered the park and ripped up the safety surface near a roundabout, causing significant damage.
PC Sarah-Ann Feeney, who is investigating, said: â€œThis is the fifth time this year that the recreation ground has been targeted, leading to a large repair bill for the parish council and disappointment for families who are unable to use the equipment until the repairs are carried out. We will be increasing patrols in the area to help prevent further damage.
â€œI am keen to trace those responsible for the damage and would appeal to anyone who has seen any suspicious activity in the play area to contact me to as soon as possible. I would also like to hear from anyone who has any other information about the damage.â€
Clerk to Abbots Langley Parish Council Tim Perkins said: â€œThe Parish Council is extremely concerned about an increase in vandalism at the Bedmond Playing Fields. The recent damage to the children’s play area surface will cost around Â£1,800 to repair, the surface was in an excellent condition and it has just been ripped up by mindless vandals.â€
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact PC Feeney via the Hertfordshire Constabulary non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference C2/14/2355.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.