POLICE have slammed disgusting yobs who defecated on a scarecrow created by members of a youth football team.

Despite the success of Kearsley Scarecrow Festival, the event was marred by unpleasant behaviour from vandals who "mindlessly" damaged some of the displays.

A spokesman for the police, commenting through the GMP Bolton South Facebook page, said: "The Kearsley Scarecrow Festival is a fantastic event which every year brings the community around Kearsley, Prestolee and Stoneclough together.

"This morning the community has awoken to find mindless vandalism has occurred throughout the area and many of the displays the community have spent months working on have been damaged. These displays were for the enjoyment of the community and in particular our young children who have so much fun both creating and viewing these displays.

"Someone even found it funny to defecate on a kids football team's display.

"This is not funny! It is not big! And it is not clever!

"This has only brought the community together again, no longer in celebration but now in utter outrage.

"Whoever is responsible, when you reflect on your activities last night you should feel ashamed."

Anyone with information on those responsible some send a message to the Facebook page.