Increase in reward for Spa vandalism

Spa vandalism
Spa vandalism

A CASH reward to catch the culprits responsible for “wanton” vandalism at Scarborough’s historic Spa has now swelled to £350.

The boost comes after a £50 donation from the Residents and Friends of Trafalgar Square group.

A huge campaign was launched after the damage, which saw eight 19th Century balustrades and coping stones shamelessly ripped from their bases and strewn across pavements last week.

The pledge follows an initial £50 donation from the Evening News, with £200 and another £50 put forward by anonymous donors.

Colin Charles, chairman of the Trafalgar Square group, said they were keen to see those responsible brought to justice.

He said: “We wanted to show that we are united in disgust at the damage.

“Our group was set up our group to fight anti-social behaviour and have had a lot of support.

“We thought it was time to give some of that back by doing what we can and supporting the Spa.”

The steps have undergone initial repair work with remaining all balustrades removed and the area made safe, though the site is still cordoned off to the public.

The damage was a huge blow to the venue, which is nearing a £6.5 million revamp, with improvements to its grade II listed Victorian concert hall, a new stage area and stage lift.

It will mark its grand re-opening in May with a show from the Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra and was today hosting the UK Independence Party’s annual conference today.

Clrr Derek Bastiman, Scarborough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and chairman of the Spa Project Board told the Evening News he condemned the attacks.

Adrian Perry, chairman of Scarborough Civic Society reiterated Cllr Bastiman’s stance.

He added: “It really is just wanton vandalism and a shocking thing to have happened.”