TROWBRIDGE town park has been vandalised with racial and sexual graffiti overnight.

Police are appealing for information after Town council neighbourhood services staff discovered the offensive pictures and words as they came into work this morning.

It is believed the damage was caused between 9-10pm yesterday evening (January 17).

Up to 20 pieces of graffiti were located on trees, walls and pathways throughout the park.

Carl Maddox from neighbourhood services said: "The graffiti is very offensive, if you are easily offended please don't look at the pictures.

"We are just trying to determine how far down the graffiti goes, we think it may be all the way down to Biss Meadows.

"This is where children play, we were shocked to discover it.

"CCTV footage is being reviewed and we have contacted the police this morning."

Trowbridge town council neighbourhood services posted a statement on Facebook this morning along with photos of the graffiti.

The Wiltshire Times was unable publish all of the photos due to their offence nature.

The statement read: "This morning the neighbourhood services department were informed of thousands of pounds of damage in the form of racial and sexual graffiti.

"They have targeted trees which can not be chemically cleaned, walls, underpasses and the duck pond all in Trowbridge Park.

"The department will be postponing weed removals whilst we try to deal with it."

Sgt Luke Atkinson said: “This is a completely mindless act of vandalism in a popular park in the town, which is well used by young children every day.

“It isn’t just a small area affected, the person, or group of people responsible have vandalised a large area of the park showing absolutely no respect for the park, or those that use it.

“It is estimated that it will cost several thousand pounds to remove this damage so people can continue to enjoy the park and its surroundings.

“We are carrying out an investigation into this incident and have established that there were a group of runners in the park at around the same time as this incident – if this was you, you may have some information which could help with our investigation.

"We would urge anyone who was in Trowbridge Park between 9pm and 10pm on Thursday 17 January to call police on 101 and quote log number 70 of today.”

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.