Police are appealing for witnesses after thieves broke into a miniature train tunnel at Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens, stole two cans of diesel and poured the fuel into a duck pond.
The break-in was reported to police at about 7.20pm last night (Tuesday) after a member of the public found the gates to the train tunnel had been forced open.
Some of the diesel stolen from the train had been poured around a tree and the offenders had tried to set it alight using ticket rolls taken from the tunnel.
They are then thought to have opened the cans and poured the diesel into the duck pond.
Police, together with staff from High Peak Borough Council and the Environment Agency, rescued the ducks – none of which were injured.
Officers are now appealing for witnesses who might have seen people acting suspiciously in the area to come forward.
PCSO Alan Nield, from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The Pavilion Gardens are a family attraction and are enjoyed by visitors to Buxton all year round.
“It’s simply not acceptable that someone can cause this kind of damage both to the train and to the duck pond and we want the public’s help in bringing those responsible to justice.
“If you saw anyone acting strangely in the area, particularly around the train tunnel or duck pond, then please call us or Crimestoppers anonymously.”
Call Buxton police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.