Thousands of gallons of water were released down the Chesterfield Canal when gates were opened at Blue Bank Lock, between Brimington and Old Whittington, on Saturday evening.
It left the stretch of canal above the gates – which move water between canal sections to lower boats – only a third full. And it came just a week after another section of the canal, close to the Tapton Lock Visitor Centre, was drained completely by vandals.
These acts of vandalism could have had serious consequences for wildlife living in the affected areas. The heavy gates can only be opened with specialist equipment so the culprits had come prepared. Water levels were already low after the recent dry spell and it took four days for the stretch of canal at Tapton Lock to refill.
The incidents were captured on CCTV footage which has been handed to police. Anyone with information about the incidents should call Derbyshire police on 0345 123 3333Follow @pdview