A SPATE of criminal damage in Askam has prompted police to appeal to parents.

Cumbria Police said numerous windows were smashed and doors were broken at Urofoam, Duddon This is not the first time that the building has been damaged and it costs thousands of pounds to repair.

Police said it is believed that local children were playing in the vicinity of the building and potentially causing the damage and they are appealing to parents to speak to their children and advise them of the dangers.

PC Dan Knowles said: “We do not want anyone to get hurt over the summer holidays and if youths are in the area causing damage, they risk being injured by glass or falling over onto debris.

“Also this is a crime and if we do catch anyone committing an offence then we will look to arrest them and they could potentially end up with a crime record for something which they view as a bit of harmless fun.

“We ask that parents in the local area speak to their children to make sure that they are aware of the danger and the consequences.”

Anyone who sees anything suspicious in the area is asked to report this to the police on non-emergency 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously.