Ancient Northumberland monument defaced by graffiti

The vandalism at Lordenshaws.
The vandalism at Lordenshaws.

Police are appealing for information after a heritage site was damaged in Northumberland.

The damage was reported at 11am on Saturday, April 5, after names were carved into an ancient monument at Lordenshaw, near Rothbury.

The words ‘DONZ MIK JAZ’ have been carved into a rock on the main cup and ring panel at Lordenshaw. The incident has been reported as a heritage crime.

Officers are carrying out inquiries and urging anyone who has witnessed the incident or has any information to contact them.

Neighbourhood Police Inspector Paul Truscott said: “The site is an important part of Northumberland’s heritage and it is completely unacceptable that it has been damaged in this way.

“We’re working closely with Northumberland National Park and English Heritage and are carrying out enquiries to identify those responsible.

“The person or people who have done this might think it was nothing more than a bit of fun, however, they’ve spoilt an ancient monument that many people come to visit.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 487 070414 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.