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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Vandalism shock at Whitby Abbey


Police are investigating after graffiti was scrawled over stone walls at Whitby Abbey and parts of the grounds dug up by opportunist metal detectors.

Staff doing a daily patrol of the grounds found the damage.

The name Jacob was written with what appears to be a wax crayon on a wall while the opening times and other sections of stone work were scribbled on.

There are also five separate sites of earth which appear to have been disturbed with spade marks clearly visible in the ground.

Staff at the abbey said they had not heard of metal detecting taking place in the grounds before and while signs could be replaced, the damage within the grounds was far more serious.

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