Investigation after break in at heritage centre

Learning assistant Hugh Muir at the damaged main entrance to North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
Learning assistant Hugh Muir at the damaged main entrance to North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

Police are investigating after a brazen would-be thief simply smashed their way through the front doors of the North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre in Motherwell.

The break-in took place around 1am last Wednesday (January 13).

Officers say the suspect smashed one of the glass entrance doors, and then desperately tried to steal from a charity box - but failed.

A spokesman for Culture NL, which runs the High Road facility, says the cost of the damage was still being assessed.

He said: “The centre is a much-loved and valued facility for the area, and its resource facility brings people from all over the world. It’s disgraceful it has been targeted this way.”

Officers have been checking CCTV images from the area, and appealed for potential witnesses or anyone with information that may help the investigation to get in touch.

A police spokesman said: “It is very disappointing such a well-used community facility has been targeted in this way.

“Although nothing was stolen, the damage caused due to the manner of the break-in will result in a repair bill.

“We are checking CCTV and I would appeal to anyone who perhaps witnessed someone acting suspiciously in the area to call 101.”

Information can also be reported by calling Crimestoppers free and confidentially on 0800 555 111.