The new skate park at Bishopdown Recreation Ground has been damaged, less than two months after being installed.

Salisbury City Council unveiled the new skate ramp after works to replace the former one were completed in August.

The new facility, which one councillor said would be welcomed by the community, came at a cost of nearly £30,000.

However, after less than two months, it has been vandalised and left in need of repairs.

Leader of Salisbury City Council, Cllr Jeremy Nettle, said: "[It's] very disappointing that some people want to ruin the enjoyment and the attraction of the skate park in Bishopdown Sports field for others.

"This needless act of vandalism just costs the council more money where the funds could go on improving other parks in the city."

Salisbury Journal: Cllr Jeremy Nettle at Bishopdown Recreation GroundCllr Jeremy Nettle at Bishopdown Recreation Ground

After inspecting the park himself, Cllr Nettle said litter has now been removed and the damaged turf will have to be relayed.

It is not known how much that will cost.

Residents are being urged to respect the facility and take their litter home.