20 windows smashed by thugs at Astley Hall

PCSO Chris O'Lone at Astley Hall where windows have been smashed.
PCSO Chris O'Lone at Astley Hall where windows have been smashed.

Vandals have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage after going on a wrecking spree at Chorley’s historic Astley Hall.

More than 20 small panes of glass dating back hundreds of years were smashed by a group of teenagers throwing stones at the building run by Chorley Council.

The damage, caused at around 8pm on Tuesday evening, was witnessed by several people using Astley Park and both the council and police are appealing for people to come forward with information.

Some of the panes of glass are original to the building dating back hundreds of years. It is expected that the damage will run into thousands of pounds.

Coun John Walker, who is responsible for parks and open spaces in Chorley, said: “This is just mindless vandalism and I would urge anyone who saw what happened to contact us.

“It appears that a group of teenagers were picking up stones from around the Hall and throwing them at the windows.

“We are currently reviewing the CCTV footage and hope to be able to identify who was responsible.”

“Not only will the damage cost local taxpayers to repair but some of the history of the hall will be gone forever.

“The damage took place while it was still daylight and there were many people walking their dogs and exercising in the park at the time.

“If people do see anything like this happening in the park I would urge them to contact the police immediately rather than just walk by and ignore it.”

Insp Steve Evans, of Chorley Police, said: “Astley Hall is a historic building and we are taking the vandalism attack very seriously.

“It was still light at 8pm and because Astley Park is very popular with visitors we’re hoping that somebody may have seen something.

“If that’s the case we’d urge them to call us because we’re determined to find the culprits.”