Criminals are attempting to remove play equipment from the Hempstead Road recreation ground in Uckfield.
The town council is seeking assistance from residents to identify the culprits and sound the alarm if further attempts are made.
The town clerk, Holly Goring, said in a statement:
“Unfortunately, at the end of June, the chain and seat from the zip-wire in Hempstead recreation ground were stolen.
“Our grounds staff have now found evidence today [July 20] that someone has been trying to remove another part of play area equipment from the recreation ground.
“To remove this equipment would require someone to be able to reach a great height (requiring the use of a stepladder or equivalent), and appropriate tools (drills/spanners etc).
“Play area equipment is expensive, requires installation by specific well-trained contractors and has to be passed by relevant health and safety checks.
“This is a therefore a serious matter, and has been reported to Sussex Police.
The council asks users of the recreation ground, people walking through the Hempstead Meadows Local Nature Reserve and nearby residents to look out for criminal acts.