Staff from a garden centre have said they would like to apologise to its customers after thieves stole a fan motor to inflate a bouncing castle.

Vanstone Park Garden Centre, Hitchin Road, Codicote, was broken into last night (Monday) between 9pm and 8.10am this morning (Tuesday).

The garden centre, which allowed children to have a go on the bouncing castle for free said that they would try and get a fan motor in time for the half-term school holiday.

Mark Presland, manager of the garden centre, said: “We are very disappointed it’s not something we charge money for and now we need to buy another inflatable fan. We will try our best to get the castle up and running for the half term.”

Police confirmed the break in and also said that attempts were made to steal the bouncing castle.

If you have any information relating to this incident call Herts Police on 101 citing G1/14-1174.