VANDALS have caused 'significant damage' at a village hall and community gym near Witney.

Police have arrested three people following a break-in at Leafield Village Hall on Wednesday night, during which windows and doors were smashed and fire extinguishers were set off.

The community hub in Leafield, which is also home to a pavilion and gym, was targeted at some point between 10pm on Wednesday, when a meeting finished, and 4am yesterday, when Leafield Parish Council was made aware of what had happened.

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The council posted on its Facebook page reporting that 'significant damage was sustained.'

The post added: "Police attended the incident and have three Juveniles in custody and have advised they are not from the local area.

"Crime scene investigators have attended and collected evidence.

"Volunteers from the various committees have worked to tidy the damage and once boarding up is complete it is hoped that all facilities will be back in use."

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Gina Pearce, a parish councillor who chairs the village hall committee, said four fire extinguishers were set off in the main hall and a large rock was thrown through the window of the gym, with other windows and doors also damaged.

She added that it has been boarded up and volunteers from various community groups helped to clean up the mess, and the hall and gym are now back in use thanks to their efforts.

Thames Valley Police has been contacted for further details.