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Vandals damage railway station

Graffiti at Bath Spa railway station
Damage to Bath stonework will cost thousands of pounds to put right

Graffiti has been daubed over the tourist information centre at Bath Spa railway station and toilets for disabled people have been damaged.

Dan Panes of First Great Western, which owns Bath Spa, said damage to the Bath stonework would cost thousands of pounds to put right.

British Transport Police were called to the station and are looking at CCTV images to identify the culprits.

The vandalism happened overnight between Saturday and Sunday.

Assessing damage

Following extensive graffiti-spraying at Bath Spa station First Great Western issued a statement asking anyone who may have seen anything in the early hours of Sunday morning to contact the police.

"Last year we invested a considerable amount of money improving the station environment at Bath Spa for our customers, and it's a great shame that a couple of minutes of vandalism could cause so much damage," said spokesman Dan Panes.

"The station is well covered by CCTV and we have passed these to the police.

"The British Transport Police regularly patrol our stations, and we'll be looking at what we can do to increase their presence following this incident.

"Scene of crime officers have been at the station this afternoon. Once they have finished we'll be fully assessing the damage caused and beginning the clear-up operation as soon as possible."

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