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Councillor's shock as yobs attack building four times in three weeks
A councillor has condemned vandals who have repeatedly targeted a library in Bradford used by thousands of residents in his ward.
Staff at Laisterdyke Library in Manse Street have discovered windows and glass door panels smashed on four occasions in three weeks.
Councillor Mohammed Shafiq (Lab, Bradford Moor), who holds a surgery at the library, said he was shocked to learn of the damage to the building, which two years ago received £10,000 from the Ward Investment Fund to help keep it open.
He said: “I have been a local community member here for a long time and this not seen vandalism of this kind at the library before. It’s a very busy library, 5,000 community members use it each month.
“The library offers free internet access, books, homework clubs, computer lessons and the staff are very friendly and supportive. There’s no reason for a place such as this to be vandalised.
“I would urge the local community that if they are aware of anybody who’s caused this criminal damage to this building to report it to the police. There’s no room for this behaviour in the community.”
Chris Dyson, Principal Libraries Officer, said: “Unfortunately every window has been smashed but the interior of Laisterdyke Library is unaffected. It has remained open and any events are going ahead as planned. We hope to get the windows repaired as soon as possible.”
Police have also condemned the vandalism and urged people to take part in an online police and community meeting being held tomorrow night when the issue will be discussed.
Inspector Andy Gallant of the East Bowling, Barkerend and Bradford Moor Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We are aware of the vandalism which has taken place recently at the Library and we are currently working to trace those responsible.
“We will also be addressing any local concerns through an online e-PACT or Partners and Community Together meeting tomorrow. Log on to westyorkshire.police.uk/epact from 6.30 pm.
“If you have any information which could assist us in our enquiries, please ring 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”