VANDALS have destroyed a picnic bench by setting it on fire.
The attack on the bench, in Monk’s Hill recreation ground in Westbourne, happened on Sunday.
Firefighters put it out quickly but it was destroyed.
Westbourne Parish Council, which paid for the bench, must now find the money to replace it.
Councillor Nigel Ricketts is chairman of the recreation and amenities committee, on Westbourne Parish Council.
He said: ‘The parish council were proud to invest in the environmentally friendly picnic benches as they are made out of recycled milk bottles.’
He continued: ‘We are really disappointed that another bench in our village has been destroyed, spoiling the pleasure of people who use the parks.
‘We hope to replace the picnic bench but we are looking at other solutions, such as concrete tables, that cannot be damaged in such a way.’