A VANDAL who has smeared poo over a kids play area has left the council with an almost £1,000 bill to clean up his mess in the last month.

The New Lodge play area has had faeces smeared over the play equipment three times in as many weeks - meaning the park has to close while the council cleans it up.

The community centre at the park has almost been damaged - with the children's vegetable plot being ruined.

A council spokesman said: " It’s extremely upsetting that someone is damaging a community area with such a disgusting act.

“Not only does this pose a significant health hazard for young children, it costs the council £300 each time the play area has to be cleaned.”

Anyone with any information relating to the incidents are asked to notify South Yorkshire Police by calling 101 (please quote incident number -267-26.10.15)