A stained glass window at Manchester Cathedral has been smashed causing £20,000 worth of damage in an attempted break-in.
The offender was able to gain access to the grounds which were closed off to the public as the cathedral is currently undergoing a renovation.
At around 12.15am on Sunday the window was smashed which tripped the alarm – causing the vandal to flee.
This is the second time the window has been destroyed.
The original Victorian stained glass of the cathedral was destroyed in the Manchester Blitz of 1940.
Sergeant Alex Tracey said: “We believe this was probably an attempt to gain access to the cathedral and on activating the alarm the offender ran off.
“If anyone was in the area and saw anything or knows anything about the person responsible, please get in touch.
“I am very keen to bring to justice the offender who has targeted this significant Manchester landmark.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the neighbourhood policing team on 0161 856 3221 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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