Dogs to patrol at Castle after attack

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  Picture by Andrew Higgins 122005e
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 Picture by Andrew Higgins 122005e

SCARBOROUGH Castle will receive nightly police dog patrols after vandals rampaged through its grounds, destroying historic stone work.

North Yorkshire Police have confirmed to the Evening News that they will use the Castle grounds to exercise the animals, which they hope will deter vandals from further damaging the landmark.

Peter Bleach, Scarborough Castle manager, said the news was “the cherry on the cake”, after staff worked “like trojans” to get the Castle open after the upsetting discovery on Sunday morning.

Mr Bleach added: “I’m absolutely delighted. It was what we were all hoping for.”

The news that the Castle will be used by the police comes after Scarborough Police reiterated their desire to catch the culprits.

PC Alasdair McNeill, of Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We are working with English Heritage to bring those responsible for this disgraceful act of criminal damage to justice and to make sure there is no repetition of the vandalism.

“I urge anyone who can identify the offenders to contact the police or Crimestoppers immediately.

“They need to face the consequences of their actions.”