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Police statement after Newark Library vandalism incident

Newark police officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward after the town’s library was vandalised.

Police were called to the Beaumond Gardens-based building after five windows on the roof were smashed.

Scaffolding bars were found on the glass-covered floor on the inside of the library, having seemingly been thrown through the windows.

Despite the damage, police have so far found no clear evidence of anyone going inside the building.

The discovery was made around 7.30am on Monday (29 April), with the incident believed to have taken place at some point overnight.

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Newark Library

Newark’s neighbourhood policing team have been conducting CCTV inquiries since then and have now launched a public appeal for more information.

Sergeant Rob Harrison, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Newark Library provides a valuable resource to the local community, so it’s very disappointing to see it get vandalised.

“It really should go without saying but there is absolutely no excuse for this type of behaviour, and we are in the process of investigating this incident to establish who was involved.

“As part of this, we’ll be conducting CCTV inquiries and our officers will be visiting the area as part of our visible patrols to stop it happening again.   

“Antisocial behaviour and criminal damage like this can have a real impact on residents, which is why targeting this has been a longstanding neighbourhood policing priority for us in Newark and Sherwood.

“We’d ask that anyone who saw what happened or has any other information that could assist our investigation gets in touch with the police straight away.

“Information can be reported by calling 101, quoting incident 80 of 29 April 2024, or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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