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Vandals wreak havoc at blacksmith centre

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A TRAIL of destruction was left behind by vandals at one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region.

The Gretna Green Famous Blacksmith Shop was targeted by vandals at the end of last week.

Staff arrived to the premises at around 8 am last Thursday and were faced with shattered glass, smashed ornaments, emptied fire extinguishers and a salt bin tipped over.

Doors were also ripped open on the storage shed and a light switch was damaged within; a six foot mirror in the maze was smashed and rocks were removed from a large sandstone feature; the portable building was broken into, with two bolts and padlocks damaged and furniture was removed but not stolen and all the windows were smashed, internal lights were damaged and panels were pulled from the wall.

Sergeant Scott McDowall of Police Scotland, based at Annan, condemned the mindless act.

And he said: “It would appear that this incident has been perpetrated with the intention of causing chaos for the staff, rather than any intention to steal anything.

“Enquiries are ongoing and we urge anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers 0800 555111.”

The incident comes shortly after properties in adjoining Gretna were egged last week, while last month teenagers were caught on CCTV wreaking havoc outside Stormont Hall by kicking over and smashing planters and benches.

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