CONCERNS for children's safety have been raised after a fence along a busy path was vandalised twice.

The wooden fence lining Long Bridge, on Town Path, was first reported damaged on June 22 and temporary barriers were installed.

However, on Wednesday, June 28, these temporary plastic fences were also thrown into the river in a second incident of vandalism.

Salisbury City Council has been advised to install CCTV and Wiltshire Council has instructed its contractor, Milestone, to carry out a repair.

The Journal understands the repair will be completed by Wednesday, July 5.

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Salisbury Journal: Temporary barricades were pushed into the river.Temporary barricades were pushed into the river. (Image: Salisbury Journal)

Wiltshire councillor Brian Dalton, for West Harnham, said the "wanton" vandalism is a "disgrace", adding: "These culprits should hold their heads in shame and I hope the police will find and prosecute them."

Cllr Dalton has requested 'Heras' style fencing until the repairs are carried out.

"This is a very busy path and users, especially young children, need to feel safe," he added.

Cllr Caroline Thomas, cabinet member for street scene, said, “We were disappointed to be made aware of the recent vandalism to the fence on the Town Path in Salisbury. Acts of vandalism like this can create a danger to the public, as well as making areas unsightly.

“Contractors are currently on site to carry out the necessary repairs to the fence and we hope to have the repairs completed by Wednesday, July 5.”