The historic fountain in The Square was filled with bubbles yesterday (Wednesday)

The bubbles provided a source of entertainment for some passers by. Picture: Simon ElleryThe bubbles provided a source of entertainment for some passers by. Picture: Simon Ellery

Barnstaple's Willshire Fountain in The Square fell victim to pranksters yesterday (Wednesday).

The 140-year-old landmark, which is owned by North Devon Council was filled with bubbles after soap was put in the fountain.

The fountain was fully restored last year after a dry period and the council's parks officer Andrew Moulton said he hoped people would help to look after the water feature rather than play pranks.

He said: "Although it may seem like a fun prank, we would prefer people not to add bubble mix to the fountain.

The Willshire Fountain on Barnstaple Square. Picture: Andy KeebleThe Willshire Fountain on Barnstaple Square. Picture: Andy Keeble

"It takes time and money to fix, as we have to send someone out to add anti-foaming chemicals to the water.

"The fountain is now working well after restoration work last year and we would hope that people help to look after this historic feature.

"The Square is covered by CCTV, which we hope will act as a deterrent."

The fountain was switched on again in May last year after it spent a year out of action.

North Devon Council released £12,000 to get the fountain working again in 2016.