Vandals hurled bitumen over a picturesque village building, causing hundreds of pounds of damage to its historic features.
Police today launched an appeal to trace the yobs who targeted The Old Bank, on Chapel Row, Wrea Green, in an apparent unprovoked attack.
The building, which now houses financial advice firm Chamberlain Associates, was targeted over the weekend.
The black substance was thrown over the walls and windows of the property, which sits among Grade II listed buildings, causing extensive damage. Now the firm and building owners Wareing Buildings are facing a bill running into hundreds to repair the damage.
Adrian Smith, a partner at Chamberlain Associates, said: “It’s a mess. It’s criminal damage to a prominent building in a pretty village. It’s all over the signs, the front door and the windows, the windows have the original etchings on them. How we’ll get it off I don’t know.”
Mr Smith said he is certain the attack was not against the business itself. He added: “There’s no indication of why it has happened, it’s not an attack against the firm. We’re a squeaky clean family firm, there’s never been any scandal with our business.It’s not good.”
The incident happened between 11.15pm on Friday and 8am the next day. Police are investigating.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Someone has approached office premises and thrown black paint all over the front of the premises before making off. Call 101 with any informaton.”
Pretty village ‘has very low crime rate’
Parish councillors in Wrea Green today expressed their shock at the vandal attack in their “tranquil” village, which has won the Lancashire Best Kept Village award 15 times.
Coun John Molyneux said: “I’m very surprised. Crime percentage in Wrea Green is very low and anything that disrupts the tranquility and law abiding citizens of this village we need to get to the bottom of.”
The issue was set to be discussed at the parish council meeting last night.