Spa vandals fail to halt progress

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A £100 reward is on offer for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the shocking vandalism at Scarborough Spa.

Stone supports on the steps leading to the historic venue were knocked from their mountings on Thursday or Friday last week in an act condemned as “wanton vandalism”.

Police said yesterday that the incident had not yet been reported to them. However, they are investigating allegations of youths damaging chalets close to the Spa at around 5pm on Thursday.

The Evening News has offered a £50 reward to anyone who gives information on the vandals which leads to a successful prosecution.

Another anonymous donor yesterday came forward and added £50 to the reward pot.

They said: “If enough people add to this reward then someone is bound to come forward with information.”

In more positive news for the iconic venue, another piece of the jigsaw in its multi-million pound regeneration is being slotted into place this week.

An over-stage steel structure, which will support the lighting, sound and scenery equipment in the Spa’s Grand Hall, is being lifted into its place high in the roof of the room.

The stage lift is now also in place and working. It will enable Spa theatre staff to access new under floor storage.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, chairman of the Spa Project Board, said: “The installation of such ground-breaking technology in the surrounds of the Victorian splendour of the Grand Hall will allow the Spa to provide a far wider range of events and shows and offers a more flexible solution for large conferences in the future.

“I am pleased to be the chairman of the project board for such an innovative and successful project. The construction team is pulling out all the stops to get the venue completed for the first event in May.”

Almost £900,000 in funding from Yorkshire Forward was recently restored to the £6.5 million project.

The refurbishment is being financed by Yorkshire Forward and the council.

If you have any information on the vandalism to the Spa contact reporter Steven Hugill on (01723) 383829.