A VANDAL painted graffiti on a railway bridge in Barnsley town centre - just days after it had been repainted.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton labelled the culprit an 'idiot' and a 'moron' and says he's furious about the graffiti which appeared on the bridge above Eldon Street.

"Network Rail have invested a lot of money improving bridges in the town and this is the thanks they get from some mindless idiot," he said.

"That bridge is above one of the major gateways into the town centre, and what does a moron do? Spray it with graffiti just when the work had been completed and it was looking good.

"This is criminal damage of the very worst kind and I will be urging police to take this very seriously and I would ask members of the public who may have any information about who is responsible to tell the police."

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We have invested approximately £360,000 in repainting the bridge in order to protect the structure from the elements.

"It's disappointing that it has been vandalised so soon after completion.

"We spend many thousands of pounds every year removing offensive graffiti from our network - money which would be better invested in improving services for passengers.”