VANDALS trashed a pre-school's playground forcing the children to have to play indoors at the weekend.

The manager of Little Learners Pre-School says staff were left frustrated after the damage was caused to the outdoor area.

Sharon Hunter said the damage was caused on Sunday night, with their plastic play house was dragged over to a fence so the offenders could use it to climb over.

Sharon said: "We arrived on Monday morning and found the damage - it wasn't storm related.

"The damage had been caused to toys inside and to a slide chained to the play house by it being dragged.

"We are going to have to replace the play house. We first thought it would be OK, but we have realised there is a crack in it, so it can't be used.

"One of the slides has also been broken completely, and that will have to be replaced. That was only new, £70 it cost.

"Children's gardening equipment has also been damaged. It is just mindless vandalism, totally unnecessary.

"We have had graffiti in the past. Whoever has done it, whether it is just kids, they won't be thinking of the suffering they have caused the children.

"They weren't able to play out on Monday, and we will need to do another inspection to make sure there is nothing sharp left before the children can play outside again."

She added that the seven two to four-year-olds at the school had been left "very sad" by what had happened.

But Sharon said everyone had been heartened by the support of the community who had rallied around and offered to replace equipment including the play house, after a social media post.

Anyone who wants to support the pre-school, based at the Scout Hut, Cockshute Hill, Droitwich, can call Sharon on 07967608696 or email the pre-school on

In the past 18 months we have reported on various acts of vandalism in Droitwich including logs being damaged at a children's play area at the Westwood open space, vandals pushing over sheds, smashed windows and wood at an allotments in Wychbold Playing Field, and vandals also spray painting houses, vans and garages across Droitwich.

Droitwich police were contacted for comment but no was available.