VANDALS have left toddlers and parents distraught by uprooting a £730 playground toy.
Teenagers broke into the grounds of St Saviour's Pre-School in Great Sutton and pulled the caterpillar ride out of the floor.
The toy had been bought for the toddlers just before they broke up for the summer holidays. The damage, along with smashed beer bottles in the playground, was discovered when the children returned this week.
Louise Evans, a parent and fundraiser for the Seacombe Drive site, said: 'This is so heart-wrenching.
'It's upsetting because these are little children and their play equipment has been wrecked by these youths.
'One of the caterpillar rides now has to be replaced. There's also broken glass everywhere.
'Every summer, there's some sort of vandalism going on in the school grounds.
'We are paying out a lot of money for new equipment for the children because of this and it's not been easy.'
* St Saviour's is holding a fundraising evening at Whitby Sports & Social Club on Chester Road on Saturday, October 6.
All proceeds will go towards buying outdoor equipment for the children.
Tickets are £5.50 from the club, on the door or from the school on 0151 3390353.