A GANG of vandals have caused thousands of pounds of damage to the Peace Centre.

Three youths caused ‘serious damage’ to the entrance foyer of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre.

The building was targeted shortly after 9.30pm on Sunday, November 10.

‘Considerable force’ was used by the hooded louts, who waited until a security guard was patrolling elsewhere on the Peace Drive site before destroying a 12mm plated glass window.

Repairs are expected to cost thousands of pounds, and CCTV footage of the incident has been passed onto the police.

Warrington Guardian:

Nick Taylor, chief executive of the Peace Foundation, said: “This seems to be part of a wider spate of vandalism in the area and not targeted, and there is no evidence it is related to Remembrance Sunday – but it is an act of violence on a poignant day which is about peace.

“In 20 years, we have never had such vandalism and the building is respected, not just locally, but nationally and internationally for what it is – even by some very challenging people we work with.”

If caught, the charity hopes to invite the culprits into the Peace Centre in order to ‘learn about its work’.

Founder Wendy Parry, who lost son Tim in the IRA bombing on Bridge Street in 1993, was one of the first people to discover the damage.

Warrington Guardian:

She added: “Do the young people who did this have no respect for what this building stands for, the memory of Tim and Johnathan and a place that helps their community?

“It’s beyond me what pleasure they get from doing senseless things.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Cheshire Police 101 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The Peace Foundation is appealing for help from members of the public in order to cover the cost of repairs.

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