Castle vandal attack: arrest

English Heritage castle manager Peter Bleach at the Roman signal station, just one of many places at Scarborough Castle where vandals have attacked ancient stones on the 1000 year old site irrepairably wrecking them.  Picture by Andrew Higgins   122005e      14/05/12
English Heritage castle manager Peter Bleach at the Roman signal station, just one of many places at Scarborough Castle where vandals have attacked ancient stones on the 1000 year old site irrepairably wrecking them. Picture by Andrew Higgins 122005e 14/05/12

A TEENAGER has been arrested in connection with the attack on Scarborough Castle, in which historic stonework at the landmark was destroyed.

An attempt had been made to break into the castle crypt, and steel caps and sign posts were either missing or were dislodged.

Rocks and wooden stakes had been hurled over the castle walls, and the castle flag had also been lowered and damaged.

Officers arrested an 18-year-old Scarborough man yesterday morning, following the attack which took place last weekend.

Scarborough police spent yesterday afternoon grilling him over the castle attack, which took place overnight between May 12 and May 13. It was estimated that the attack took place between 7pm and 9am.

Castle manager Peter Bleach arrived at the castle on Sunday to discover huge chunks of priceless stone dislodged from the castle ruins.

Police confirmed to the Evening News last week that they would start using the castle grounds to exercise police dogs at night, in the hope of deterring future attacks.

The teenager was still in police custody helping police with their inquiries late yesterday.

Anyone with information over the attacks are still being asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option two, and ask for Alasdair McNeill.

Alternatively, you can contact Crime-stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.