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Northumberlandia hit by vandals - Police appeal for information

Police are appealing for information after railings were damaged at the Northumberlandia site at Plessey North Moor

The Northumberlandia earth sculpture near Cramlington

Vandals have damaged a popular Northumberland landmark.

Police are appealing for information after railings were damaged at the Northumberlandia site at Plessey North Moor.

A low fence around the landmark was scaled and a section of it was prised back, causing damage.

Officers are today reminding visitors not to enter the site out of hours.

The damage happened between 3pm on Saturday, November 16, and 9am on Sunday, November 17, while the site was closed.

Police are now appealing for anyone with any information to get in touch. Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Morrison said: “The fence was damaged at the Northumberlandia site and we’re carrying out enquiries.

“The landmark has set opening hours and I’d advise people not to visit the site out of hours. Extra police patrols are taking place to prevent further offences taking place.”

The massive earth sculpture is dubbed the “Lady of the North”.

Earlier this year it was revealed that 100,000 people have seen the stunning, 400m-long Northumberlandia artwork near Cramlington since it opened less than a year ago. The £3m landform – a naked, reclining female figure created from 1.5m tonnes of rock, soil and clay dug from the Shotton opencast mine – is said to be on course to attract between 150,000 and 200,000 visitors in its first 12 months.

In August they announced plans for a state-of-the-art visitor centre is to be built to enhance facilities and encourage tourists. Anyone with information about the damage to the fence is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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