A MAKESHIFT den behind a supermarket has been dismantled by the police. 

Shopping trolleys were used to make a temporary den in woodland behind Morrisons in Verwood, off Budgens Close. 

Neighbourhood police officers have said that the den, made up of seven upside-down trolleys, has caused damage to the woodland with litter, an axe and hammers left behind. 

There were also signs a fire was due to be lit, East Dorset police said. 

A police spokesperson said: “We are working with Morrisons, partner agencies and Youth Outreach to clear this site and make it safe for those using the area.   

“Jointly, this is one of our priority areas within the Verwood community.   

“Police have dismantled this den and our patrols will continue. If anyone has any information on people involved in making or using dens at this location or if you recognise the tools as being yours please contact us. Tel: 101 or via our website https://www.dorset.police.uk/ quoting our ref 55240012714 

“We rely on our community to help us by reporting issues to the police or the council regarding anti-social behaviour.”