Vandals destroy historic Leazes Park balustrades

The broken balustrades
The broken balustrades

Vandals have destroyed a historic part of Leazes Park in the shadow of St James' Park football stadium.

Police are appealing for information after the incident.

At 7.40pm on Wednesday, February 22, police received a report that vandals had damaged the bandstand and a building in Leazes Park.

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 984 22/02/17.

Cllr Kim McGuinness, cabinet member for culture and communities at Newcastle City Council, said: “It’s heartbreaking to see this damage to one of our much-loved parks.

“This is where families come to enjoy time together and local people go to exercise.

“There has been considerable damage to the Victorian balustrades and bandstand.

“The area has been made safe and the debris stored in a hope that sympathetic repairs can be made.

“However, this obviously won’t come cheap and it’s a disgrace that these actions can have such a huge impact in such a short time, for no reason.

“We are confident Northumbria Police is doing all they can to find the people who did this”.