AN investigation is underway after joyriders caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to playing fields in Newport.

The Isle of Wight Council says deep ruts were gouged into the wet turf when a stolen car was driven across the fields at Seaclose Park.

The damage, which happened overnight, affected much of the site, leaving it strewn with tyre tracks.

Councillor Lora Peacey-Wilcox, Cabinet member for the environment, said the fields were used by people of all ages.

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She said: "It's just mindless vandalism, ruining the enjoyment of many who use the site, not to mention the cost associated with reinstating the grounds.

"We are working closely with the police to identify who did this."