VANDALS have destroyed a children’s play area at a school.

Staff at Woodside Academy, Grangewood Avenue, Grays discovered the damage on Monday after the incident on Saturday.

The fence was broken and the a slide stolen, along with artificial turf.

Jen Ryder, Vice Principal, said: “We were devastated to think that anyone would do this to our school, causing so much damage to an area our children, teachers and parents have worked so hard to make into an exciting learning space.”

Edward Caines, principle said: “The offers of support and generosity from so many people have outweighed the selfish actions of a few.