MINDLESS vandals have destroyed a Clydebank school playground.

Around £5,000 worth of damage was done to facilities at Carleith Primary and Early Learning and Childcare Centre in Duntocher, and the playground is now considered a safety risk.

The incident, which is believed to have taken place between last Thursday at 5pm and yesterday at 7:30am, saw a “mud kitchen” damaged, a water table smashed and outdoor blackboards vandalised.

Local resident Janice Morrison said in a social media post: “I am so angry and disappointed in what I have seen this morning.

“These were lovely things for the kids to play with and use to enjoy the outdoor space. And now everything has been wrecked.

“Luckily, the playground is checked by the staff each morning, which is just as well as there could have been some injuries.

“This wee school has to fight hard for every penny they get, and for this to happen is just horrible.”

A spokesperson for West Dunbartonshire Council said: “We are extremely disappointed by the mindless vandalism to the outdoor area at Carleith Primary and Early Learning and Childcare Centre.

“This has caused a great deal of distress for both staff and children who value their garden for play and learning, and now don’t have access to it while it awaits repair.

“We would urge anyone with information to contact Police Scotland.”

Councillor Douglas McAllister added: “I’m utterly appalled to learn of this mindless destruction of our local school’s playground.

“The extent of the damage means the playground now cannot be used by the children. I will be insisting that resources are allocated immediately to begin the repair work.

“This type of moronic behaviour highlights, however, that we need to improve security at our local schools to prevent break ins and unlawful access of our school grounds.

“It’s particularly concerning as we approach the school summer holidays and I hope the police will catch those responsible.”