ABOUT 30 coping stones worth £6,000 have been stolen from a playground wall.

The stones, which are made from Yorkshire stone and thought to be worth about £200 each, have been taken from the top of a wall which runs alongside the Wakefield Road play area in Smithies.

Five trees planted along the roadside leading up to New Lodge have also been 'torn down by mindless vandals', according to local councillors.

Councillors David Leech, Jenny Platts and Sarah Tattersall encouraged anyone who may have seen something to report it to the police.

Cllr Tattersall said: "It's a really busy road, you would think someone would have seen something.

"It's not youngsters who have done this, these stones would be too heavy for them."

Five trees planted last November along Wakefield Road towards New Lodge Post Office have also been torn down.

Cllr Platts said it would cost about £500 to replace the trees, which she said could have been spent on other things.

They urged anyone who sees people damaging the trees or the wall to contact police on 101.