A strong warning is being sent out to youths who left fish to die on the grass beside a nature reserve pond in Skegness.
The heartless youths were caught on CCTV after they sneaked into the Coastal Eco Centre, off Richmond Drive.
Paul Charles, managing director of the charitable project, said: “There were several clues they had been on the site – chairs and other things had been moved. The youths had pulled weed out of the pond and the fish were caught in nets and left to die on the grass.
“We have images of the youths on CCTV and we have been in touch with the police. Rather than take action this time we want to send out a strong message to the youths – do this again and we will take action.”
The eco centre has been converted from the former landfill site into a resource for the local community, demonstrating how horticulture, conservation and recycling can be applied in everyday life.
More than 2,000 visitors from schools and groups have already explored the meadow, woodlands, boundary habitats, wetlands and garden areas this year, taking part in outdoor healthy cookery, bushcraft and many other traditional skills.
Mr Charles said: “We want families and groups to come along and enjoy what we have here.
“What we don’t want is people sneaking on without permission and causing mischief.
“It’s not nice when we arrive in the morning for a busy day with schools and groups and discover something like this. All we ask is that if people want to come, they tell us.”
Skegness police continue to urge residents to report any suspicious activity to them. Insp Colin Haigh said: “All offences of criminal damage will be dealt with robustly and anyone witnessing damage taking place should report it on 999 or 101 if not urgent.”