Northern Ireland

Carrickfergus playpark vandalised

play park
Image caption DUP MLA David Hilditch said the park had been targeted by vandals

Politicians and community leaders in Carrickfergus have said they are going to ensure that a play park in the town is protected.

It comes after damage, which will cost thousands of pounds to repair, was caused to a new children's facility at Marine Gardens on Thursday.

DUP MLA David Hilditch attended a meeting at the park.

He said there had been a "massive reaction" to the vandalism on social media.

"This facility, which is brand new and a tremendous facility for the community, has been targeted basically by young vandals," he said.

"We've had enough of it over the summer months. There's people now coming together to have a resolution to it hopefully through community-type policing and people on the ground working in the area."