‘Mindless’ yobs caused around £2,000 of damage when they smashed every window at a community centre.
Plungington Youth and Community Centre, in Brook Street, Plungington, Preston, had all 17 of its windows damaged after several bricks were thrown at the building.
The vandals struck between 9.15pm on Friday, October 18 and 10am on Saturday, October 19.
Joan O’Meara, who works at the centre, said: “I came into work on Monday and every window had been put through. It was terrible.
“I had to clean up all the glass, I didn’t know where to start.
“On Tuesday we have a baby class in, so it has to be spotless for that.
“It’s a lot of money for us. We run a lot of activities here - we have exercise classes, bowling, baby classes, the youth club. It’s a shame.”
The centre is run by Lancashire County Council, which part-owns the building with Preston Council.
Coun John Swindells, who represents University ward, said: “At a time when Lancashire County Council and Preston Council have so little money to spend, this is a real drain on what is a key community service. It is sheer mindlessness that has stopped lots of activities for people of all ages.”
John Gordon, head of Lancashire County Council’s young people’s service, said: “The windows were promptly replaced or boarded up and we have continued to use the facility while the repairs have been and are being carried out.”
PC Paul McLernon said it was the second time the centre had been vandalised this year, after a number of its windows were smashed in August.
He said: “Whoever is responsible has left an important community building unable to operate and has caused significant damage resulting in great costs to repair.
“We are very keen to trace the person or people responsible and so if anyone has any information or can recall seeing anyone acting suspiciously in the area at around this time please give us a call.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 and quote log LC-20131021-0981 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not have to go to court.