Bosses at a popular nature reserve have slammed vandals who caused thousands of pounds of damage to car parking machines.
The machines at Brockholes in Preston, were damaged overnight on Thursday.
The vandals threw stones, smashing glass and damaging the machines and signs at the nature reserve.
General manager Kath Knight said: “This is just mindless vandalism. They do not appear to have tried to get any money out of the machines. In fact it would be surprising if there was any money in there as they are regularly emptied every day.”
“The money we receive from car parking is vital to the running of the nature reserve. All that money goes back into the reserve and conservation of wildlife at Brockholes. We do not charge an entry fee but charge for parking which works out cheaper than most other attractions in the UK.
“This attack will mean we need to use staff and volunteers to man the car park until the machines are repaired. This will take them away from important tasks elsewhere. We will really struggle because of the actions of these individuals but we will continue to offer a high standard service for visitors.”
The car parks are covered by CCTV and Brockholes staff will be studying footage to find the culprits and then pass the images onto the police.
Kath said: “We are providing a wonderful nature reserve with opportunities for visitors of all ages.
“It is hard to understand why anyone would want to harm our work here with an attack like this. I think the people who did this are pretty selfish and do not understand the work we are doing at Brockholes and The Lancashire Wildlife Trust.”