Leicester

Repairs start on vandalised Watermead Park

Worker repairing fence at Watermead Park
Image caption Local residents have raised about £300 to help pay for the repairs

Council workers have begun to repair damage at a Leicestershire country park targeted by vandals.

About 164ft (50m) of fencing was smashed, picnic benches thrown into a lake and memorial plaques were snapped off trees at Watermead Park over the weekend.

It is thought the damage could cost about £5,000 to repair.

Leicestershire Police confirmed it was investigating the vandalism but no arrests have been made.

Image caption Picnic tables were broken and bins thrown in the lake
Image caption Saplings were also damaged in the attack
Image caption The repairs could cost about £5,000

Park ranger Jenny Murphy described it as "the worst damage we've ever seen".

"Fencing has been vandalised, with dog bins wrenched out - some thrown in the lake," she said.

Local residents have raised about £300 to help pay for the repairs to the park near Birstall.

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