PARISH councillors say they have been left disappointed after a den was built, attracting anti-social behaviour and drug use.

Danbury Parish Council said extensive damage was caused to the wooded area behind a pitch on the recreational ground.

A den had been created with evidence of drug use, and trees have been cut down and hacked at.

Saws, branch loppers and other garden equipment had also been found at the site as well as a considerable amount of litter.

A council spokesman said: “Sadly Danbury Parish Council had to remove a den that had been built in one of the wooded areas in its recreation ground.

“Trees had been cut down and damaged in the creation of the den.

“Due to evidence of drug use and the use of knives, axes and saws on the trees, the parish council felt it had no option other than to clear the site for the safety of its residents.

“Danbury Parish Council will monitor the area and is in contact with Essex Police and local organisations to try to provide guidance on drug abuse.”

A police spokesman said: “We received a report stating trees had been damaged and evidence of drug canisters and fires had been found at a site near Main Road, Danbury, on June 24.”

So far, no suspects have been identified.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/103917/19 or contact the council directly.