Police have ramped up patrols at a Wiltshire Council leisure centre after a spate of reported attempted robberies by masked teenagers.

There have been several reports of attempted robbery within the Springfield Campus in Corsham, a council ran space containing a library and sports facilities, in recent weeks.

Victims claim to have been approached at night by young teenage males wearing balaclavas near the skate park and the shack.

The suspects allegedly tried to take the victims’ phones by force, although no weapons were used and no victims have suffered serious physical harm.

On Friday, police placed a CCTV van on Valley Road to cover these locations, and “protect the public”, but have now confirmed the van has been recovered after it was vandalised.

Police have warned the public to remain vigilant in the area at night and confirmed patrols will be increasing to prevent further incidents.

A spokesperson said: “Police patrols have been stepped up to prevent any further incidents. Corsham Town Council also cover the grounds and are assisting us with our enquiries.

“If you are to frequent the campus late at night then please be vigilant and call 101 or 999 depending on the severity.”

Police also urged parents of any 15 to 16-year-old males to be aware of what their children are doing at night.