A POPULAR piece of play equipment has been removed from a town park after it was deemed unsafe due to vandalism.

Ferryhill Town Council staff had to take down the cantilever swing from the King George V Playing Field, known locally as the Broom Rec, following the incident at the weekend.

Councillors are expected to consider whether to replace the item for a fifth time, as it has been repeatedly targeted by vandals since it was installed in 2012, in June.