A STOLEN slide at a popular children's playground has now been replaced.

Heartless thieves struck at the Hoyle Mill playground two weeks ago and it looked like it would not be replaced by the council due to 'budget pressures'.

However, parents' pleas were heard and a replacement has now been fitted.

Coun Margaret Bruff said: "It’s disgraceful that someone would deprive children of play equipment by stealing a slide, but thankfully we have managed to replace it on this occasion. I know that it will be enjoyed by many children."