VANDALISM at a village playground has been branded 'disappointing' by the parish council.

Several pieces of play equipment have been covered in graffiti, a fence has been kicked over and litter bins pulled from mountings and emptied at the popular Branch End Play Area, in Stocksfield.

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Members of Stocksfield Parish Council have taken action over the vandalism.

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Councillors are not certain when the vandalism took place but think it had been done recently.

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Stocksfield Parish chair councillor John Harrison said: "I am extremely disappointed that such a well-used facility and valuable asset can be vandalised in such a mindless way.

"The damage has been reported to the police and will take a few days to repair."