Pavilion Gardens targeted by vandals

VANDALS have caused significant damage at a Buxton tourist attraction.

Nineteen Georgian roof-top windows at the town’s Pavilion Gardens were smashed some time between 6pm last night (Wednesday) and 7.30am this morning (Thursday).

The windows are located at the rear of the building overlooking St John’s Road, and police are investigating reports that a group of youngsters had been seen on the roof of the building.

Cllr Ian Huddlestone, High Peak Borough Council’s executive councillor for regeneration, said: “As far as I can tell, they have used the scaffolding for the pool refurbishment in order to get themselves onto the roof, to put their feet through the windows.

“There is a ten or 15 feet drop to the floor below, so they could easily have gone through and severely injured or even killed themselves.”

The building has suffered a spate of vandalism recently, including damage to windows at the front of the premises.

Cllr Huddlestone added: “It is quite sad because the Pavilion Gardens is one of the jewels in the crown of Buxton and tourists don’t want to see this.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.