Carlisle City Council has expressed dismay after eight hand sanitiser stations in the city centre were vandalised.

The authority is asking anyone who might have information that would help police track down those responsible to get in touch with Cumbria Constabulary.

Eight hand sanitising points were vandalised in the city centre on Sunday evening.

They had been installed by the city council to support the reopening of the high street.

The replacement will cost more than £1,000, and comes after similar vandalism last week, when a further two hand sanitising points were damaged.

CCTV of the city centre is being reviewed, and anyone with any information is asked to contact Cumbria Police by calling 101.

A spokesman for Carlisle City Council said: “We won’t let the mindless action of a minority impact on the city centre and will do all we can to support local businesses.

"We will replace any damaged hand sanitising points as quickly as we can. Carlisle city centre is a safe place to shop and visit.

"If anyone has any information about the vandalism, please contact the Police so that they can catch the perpetrators.”