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Divis visitor centre vandalised

Long Barn
The Long Barn was opened as a visitor centre in March

A National Trust visitor centre on Divis Mountain has been attacked by vandals.

National Trust staff discovered the damage to the Long Barn on Saturday morning.

The vandals used heavy lock cutters to cut through the main gate to the site before smashing through wooden doors.

Equipment inside the building was destroyed, but nothing was stolen. It is believed the repair bill could run to thousands of pounds.

"It's just mindless vandalism. The barn was an old cowshed that was restored. People from all over the world come in to see us and lift leaflets, " said the National Trust warden for Divis, Dermot McCann.

"To see it wrecked is just heartbreaking."



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