A LEISURE centre has been forced to push back the date it had hoped to reopen due to "substantial vandalism".

Halo Leisure said the Bromyard Centre, in Cruxwell Street, was meant to reopen in August but damage to the building's roof means this is no longer possible.

Bosses are now considering additional security measures to prevent further damage.

"We are sorry that we are unable to reopen on the proposed date in mid-August due to substantial vandalism and damage to the roof at the centre – the centre just isn't fit for purpose right now," a Halo Leisure spokesperson said.

"We are so disappointed after all the hard work that has gone into planning for a safe and Covid-secure reopening haven't yet been able to be put into place due to this set back.

"The sustained vandalism to the premises prevents us from welcoming you back on the proposed date. Our technical team are reviewing the situation in terms of planning the repair schedule and also what additional security measures we can put into place.

"We will keep you updated with a new reopening date as soon as possible."

Indoor gyms were allowed to reopen on July 25 following being told to close in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.