Thieves have stolen safety mats from a children’s play area in Langley Mill causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
specialised black rubber rectangular tiles went missing from the Queen Street Recreation Ground in Langley Mill over the Easter Bank Holiday period.
The 41 mats are used to reinforce the turf beneath play equipment such as swings and slides, to act as a safety surface.
The cost of replacing the stolen tiles is estimated to be as much as £3,000.
Council landscape operatives noticed the tiles had been taken after a routine visit to the site.
Simon Gladwin, Assistant Director (Landscape Services) said: “These tiles are designed and installed to protect children using the play equipment.
“The mats were securely fastened together and well established so it would have taken some serious effort and time to remove so many.
“This is quite simply a despicable act of criminal damage and theft, which has cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds. We have reported this to the Police and we would urge anyone with information about the theft to report it by dialling 101 or the Council on 01773 841320.”