A SPORTS pavilion opened by Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price last year and which cost £275,000, has been vandalised .
Located on the South Ockendon Recreation Ground, near South Road, the new build has new changing rooms, toilets, a kitchen and lounge.
All this was part funded by the Veolia Mardyke Trust.
The pavilion had its windows smashed and damage caused to an outside tap and water tank.
The hub is used by a number of community groups including South Ockendon Bowls Club, Brandon Groves Football Club and Belhus Cricket Club.
A council spokesman said: “The outside of the building is covered by the council’s insurance but all of the inside is the responsibility of the community group committee to maintain.
“Repairs are being carried out and the external window is being replaced with toughened glass.”