HUNDREDS of fish were killed when yobs poured toilet cleaner into a garden pond that a family had cherished for 30 years.
Around 200 goldfish and carp died when the pond, on Moorhouse Avenue, Darnley, was polluted with the potent Harpic cleaner on Monday night.
The attack has devastated Danny Turton, who lost his twin brother David to cancer last year and had been using the hobby to take his mind off the trauma.
On Tuesday morning Mr Turton and his wife Pamela discovered the dead fish and an empty bottle of Harpic next to his pond.
Mr Turton said: “It was my main hobby and everything I had.
“One of the first things I did when we moved here was to put a pond in the front garden, and we had built up a collection of fish over 30 years. But now it has all gone. It is such a shock.
“It involved a lot of time and effort, cleaning it out and taking care of the fish. They knew me and would come towards me when I approached the pond.
“All the children who passed by the garden would stop and gather round to have a look.
“My wife said she heard a splash in the pond during the night. It must have been done with malice, someone has been determined to do it.”
A police spokesman confirmed that the matter was being treated as criminal damage.
He said: “We were called at around 9.42am on Tuesday to an address on Moorhouse Avenue after a caller reported that a potential suspicious substance had been poured into a pond in his garden, killing a number of fish.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Wakefield Central NPT on 101.
Information can also be given in confidence to Crimestoppers on the 0800 555 111.