Several parks across Hertsmere were vandalised yesterday while police have been made aware of a park contractor who was abused.

Hertsmere Borough Council says padlocks and signs were removed, and tape ripped off at many of its playgrounds.

The incidents, recorded yesterday, coincided with the easing of some lockdown restrictions - which means people are now entitled to unlimited exercise and picnics in parks.

However, playgrounds and park equipment remains cordoned off for safety reasons.

For weeks, playgrounds and areas in Hertsmere parks have been taped off or blocked off, with signs saying this is due to Covid-19.

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But yesterday, many people decided the signs and padlocks could be removed.

Aberford Park, Farriers Way, and Ripon Park were targeted in Borehamwood; Parkfields and Composers Park in Elstree; Moatfield and Windmill Lane Recreation Ground, and Park Avenue in Bushey, and Furzefield and Oakmere Park in Potters Bar.

Oakmere Park is where the council says a contractor was abused by a member of the public. The council added the incident has been reported to police.

The council said on its social media channels on Wednesday: "In line with government guidance, our play areas, outdoor gyms and multi-use sports courts remain closed for everyone’s safety.

"There has been a number of instances today of our signs, padlocks and posters being removed and an incident where one of our parks contractors was abused by a member of the public.

"This behaviour will not be tolerated and, where necessary, we will refer incidents to the police immediately.

"Our staff and contractors are working very hard to protect everyone’s safety and to ensure we all adhere to government guidelines whilst also enabling you to enjoy our parks and green spaces. Thank you for co-operation."