SEVERAL lorry-loads of sand had to be dug out of a children's play area after reports someone was seen burying pieces of glass in it.
Cuddington and Sandiway Parish Playing Fields Association hired a digger to empty the sandpit on Norley Road, Cuddington after police received the report from a resident on Thursday.
But, thanks to hard work of local people the pit was refilled and ready for children to use by the end of Friday.
The association, funded by the parish council, must foot the £400 bill of the exercise, described as 'a precaution.'
Parish council chairman Ken Nixon said: 'We will never know if someone really has done it - if so, they are mindless vandals.
'But having had the report put to us by the police we could not ignore it and contacted the playing fields association straightaway. The response from everyone since has been terrific.
'The county council helped us tape off the area and we have made sure someone is on the site at all times to stop children getting too close to the digger at work.
'The cost will come out of the parish precept but we just can't take any chances if children are going to be playing there.'
Councillors initially hoped to get the sand pit back in action by this week, but a local company stepped in to help speed up the process.
Cllr Nixon explained: 'I contacted RMC Cemex at Forest Quarry in Sandiway to order some more sand. At the end of the day, one of the drivers said he would work overtime to take his lorry that was already loaded up for the next working day so that we could get it finished.
'That meant 20 tonnes of sand could levelled by the digger rather than villagers with shovels.
'It just shows how people pulled together to make sure we finished the job quickly.'