THE barrier to a disabled car park at a beauty spot has been wrecked for the second time in six months.

The barrier, allowing access to the riverbank at Edisford in Clitheroe, was wrenched off its hinges in June, causing £3,000 worth of damage.

Now just months after being repaired it has been wrenched off its hinges again, leaving Ribble Valley Council facing another £3,000 bill.

Last year the council invested in secure access to the site operated by a touch-fob.

Ricky Newmark, chairman of Ribble Valley Council’s community services committee, said: “Edisford riverbank is extremely popular and the fob-operated automatic barrier ensures safe access to the site for motorists with restricted mobility.

“Sadly, the system is being abused, with unauthorised vehicles apparently tailgating blue badge motorists onto the riverbank, or vandals are simply wrecking the barrier for no reason.

“Not only has this latest mindless act caused thousands more pounds worth of damage but the site is no longer secure, depriving disabled motorists of safe parking.

“We are looking at CCTV footage and will be coming after the culprits for every penny.”

The incident is being investigated by the police and anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.