Boys caught damaging statue in Barnsley

Two boys are to be dealt with for causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to a statue in Barnsley.

The statue in Monk Bretton was damaged at some point between Tuesday, July 24 and Thursday, August 2.

Damage was caused to a statue in Barnsley

Damage was caused to a statue in Barnsley

Glass panes on the monument, which commemorates the local glass industry, were smashed.

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The incident was reported to the police by a local councillor and an officer from the Cudworth Neighbourhood Team, PC Sam Whitehead, began investigating and found CCTV footage capturing two 12-year-old boys throwing stones at the statue.

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They were identified, interviewed and admitted causing the damage.

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They are to be dealt with by Barnsley’s Youth Offending Team.

PC Sam Whitehead said: “This monument means a lot to the local community and I’m pleased that the two boys admitted the damage they had caused and apologised for their actions.”