HEARTLESS thieves have stolen a slide from a children's playground - which the council say cannot be replaced.

The slide at Hoyle Mill children's play area was stolen at the beginning of the week but council budget cuts mean it will not be replaced.

Coun Roy Miller said: "It’s disgraceful that someone would deprive children of play equipment, and frustrating that in this time of increasing budget pressures we will not be able to replace it.

"The incident has been reported to police and if anyone has any information I urge them to report it.”