Break-in led to five-figure repair bill

South Dalziel Studios Elizabeth Shaw and Marion Smith
South Dalziel Studios Elizabeth Shaw and Marion Smith

A callous would-be thief fled one of Motherwell’s oldest buildings empty-handed - but left behind a five-figure repair job.

South Dalziel Historic Building, formerly known as South Dalziel Studios, on Orbiston Street was broken into sometime between 6pm on Saturday, May 2, and 8pm the following day.

The culprit is said to have left behind a jacket and a crowbar - as well as an estimated £10,000 repair bill after smashing one of the converted church’s renowned stained glass windows.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time one of the windows has been damaged, with staff fundraising to cover the cost of several vandal attacks since work started on converting the B-list building into a community facility in 2009.

Marion Smith, who works at South Dalziel, said: “A neighbour noted that one of the doors was lying open and contacted staff and the police.

“Nothing had been stolen but one of the beautiful stained glass windows was smashed very badly, and the lower half of the window is in ruins.

“The window was one of the more modern windows, one of two that depicted the resurrection.

“Staff and customers who look after and treasure this old building are once again devastated by the vandalism.

“The earliest part of the building was built in 1789, one of the oldest in the area.

“A stained glass window protection fund has been in operation over the last couple of years, and funds are being raised so that the windows can be protected from any further damage.”

PC Garry Cook, Police Scotland, added: “It’s disappointing that this historic building has been damaged in this way yet again.

“Though understandably disheartened, it’s good to hear that staff are working hard to raise funds. I would urge anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity around the building to call 101.”