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Youths cause 'irreplaceable' damage to Brimham Rocks

9:21am 6th June 2018
(Updated 7:57am 7th June 2018)

An investigation has been launched into damage caused to Brimham Rocks, one of the Harrogate district's most popular beauty spots.

North Yorkshire Police say a group of five young people were seen pushing a rock at the top of one of the crags  at around 8.45pm on Friday, 1st June.

This resulted in the rock falling from the crag causing damage to the crag face.

The police are working the National Trust to investigate the damage, described as 'irreplaceable' and now in a potentially dangerous condition.

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Youths cause 'irreplaceable' damage to Brimham Rocks

The damage has exposed the inside of rocks untouched by time and pollution:

Youths cause 'irreplaceable' damage to Brimham Rocks

Officers say the incident has not only caused considerable damage to both the rock and the crag face, but those responsible also put themselves in danger and have created a potential hazard for other visitors to Brimham Rocks.

A National Trust spokesperson at Brimham Rocks said:

“We’re incredibly frustrated and saddened that damage has been caused to one of the rocks at Brimham.

"This was a deliberate act of vandalism, which cannot be repaired. 

"As The area around the rocks has been temporarily closed off whilst we conduct surveys to the wider rock formation to ensure its safety and stability.

"If anyone has any information about this incident, they should contact North Yorkshire Police."

 

Youths cause 'irreplaceable' damage to Brimham Rocks
Youths cause 'irreplaceable' damage to Brimham Rocks

If you have any information about the identity of those responsible contact officers on 101, choosing option 2 and quote reference 12180097959. Alternatively email bill.hickson@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

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