Vandals destroy Model Village in Moneymore

EXTENSIVE damage caused to the Model Village at Moneymore has been ‘mindless vandalism’.

According to police the vandals wrecked the tourist attraction sometime between 3.30pm on February 17 and when the incident was reported at 1pm on February 18.

Ulster Unionist Mid-Ulster Assembly Member, Sandra Overend MLA, has spoken of her ‘disgust at the vandals who destroyed local heritage’.

She said: “I was shocked and deeply disappointed to hear the news that the Model Village in Moneymore had been significantly damaged in a spat of mindless vandalism at the weekend. Moneymore is a quaint little village with a rich heritage and a tightly knit community who will not tolerate such acts.

“The Model Village is a popular tourist draw as it serves to symbolise and depict life in rural Ulster at the time of the plantation.

“There were also cars damaged during this incident,” she said.

“I encourage anyone with any information on the past weekend’s events to contact the authorities.”

Police said enquiries so far have proved negative therefore are appealing to the public if they saw or heard anything to get in touch with police at Cookstown on 0845 600 8000 or use the confidential telephone number - 0800555111.