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‘Mindless’ vandalism at Keighley Civic Centre
A vandal has inflicted damage on Keighley Civic Centre costing hundreds of pounds to repair.
Three reinforced glass windows on the Spencer Street and Scott Street sides of the property were smashed, and a wall-mounted ashtray and cigarette stub bin was ripped from its fixture. The vandalism was discovered last Thursday morning.
The centre was formally opened by Princess Anne in April 2012, and is operated by Keighley Town Council.
Civic centre committee chairman, Councillor Peter Corkindale, said: “I am appalled someone in this town feels so aggrieved that mindless damage has been done to the civic centre – damage that will have to be repaired from the public purse.
“Nothing remotely like this has ever previously happened in the 11-year history of this council, so who in Keighley today is responsible for this outrage? It simply beggars belief.
“This was a concerted attack as no less than three windows were broken. It was not simply random.”
He said the holes in the thick, reinforced glass suggested the person responsible could have used a heavy implement, such as a sledge-hammer.
He added the even more solid old police station cell windows were immediately behind the wrecked panels, so there had been no risk of anyone breaking into the building.
A spokesman for Airedale and North Bradford Police said: “This is currently under investigation and is being treated as criminal damage.
“If people have seen someone acting suspiciously outside the building overnight, then could they please contact us on the 101 number or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”