A community farm in Dorchester is the victim of "mindless and unnecessary damage".

Vandals have slashed the large poly tunnel at Poundbury Community Farm, causing £600 worth of damage.

The incident took place sometime around January 30.

A spokesperson for Dorchester Police said: "The offender has used a knife and made large slits in the plastic all the way around. This will cost around £600 to repair.

"We know that young people had been using it as we found all their empty bottles of alcohol and homemade bongs strewn all over inside."

The community farm is run by volunteers. It has the large polytunnel that has been vandalised and it also has raised beds, an orchard, a pond, bees and some geese and hens.

"This is a community run project with an aim to get together to explore ways of living more sustainably and building a community, through sharing growing space, tools, knowledge, ideas and work, and harvesting produce together.

"They welcome and encourage people to come and enjoy the community space (when we come out of lockdown).

"This took a lot of hard work from volunteers within the community to set it up.

"We think it is really sad that someone has caused such mindless and unnecessary damage."

If anyone has any information, contact the police quoting 55210018920. Also, if you do see any suspicious activity in that area then police are asking people to report it.

Contact Dorset Police at dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.