OFFICIALS at Redcar Racecourse are appealing for information after vandals destroyed a section of railing at the track.

The damage became evident when the racecourse team arrived at the course this morning, only to discover that a large section of running rail had been broken and ripped apart.

At a time when its income has all-but-disappeared, with horse-racing currently taking place behind-closed-doors, the racecourse will now have to spend much-needed money on repairing the damage.

General manager Amy Fair said: "The damage is to the running rail, about two furlongs' worth. They've broken rail, legs and generally caused chaos. It's really frustrating to be quite honest.

"The section that is damaged needs to be completely replaced. It's a very solid plastic, it's there for the horses so it is designed to break but you have to be giving it some to break it.

"They've come in one direction and gone off in another direction, basically breaking the rail as they've gone.

"We're all working flat out and we're having a difficult time like lots of other businesses, our income has disappeared. Thankfully we're back racing again, but we don't have spare cash.

"It's also a manpower issue as it will take most of the day to put it back - there isn't a fantastic machine to repair it, it's a physical job.

Fair added: "It's really hard not to take it personally, actually, when someone damages your property.

"We'll have to replace the rail which has been damaged with money we don't need to spend. We're just very lucky we've got a couple of weeks to get it sorted, we've had three meetings in 10 days but if we were racing tomorrow we'd be struggling.

"We'd just like to appeal to anyone with any information or CCTV footage to contact Cleveland Police."