One of Eureka’s most popular attractions will cost thousands of pounds to repair after it was vandalised.
The Northern Rail train carriage, a quirky lunch area where visitors can learn about the history of UK rail, was spray painted with graffiti between 6pm on Thursday, December 10, and 7am the following day.
Having benefitted from a £16,000 renovation in October 2015, the carriage was defaced with two graffiti ‘tags’ and will now have to undergo a complete repair, which will cost thousands of pounds.
Martyn Guiver, head of crime management for Northern, said: “We’re really proud of our partnership with Eureka! and the popularity of the train carriage amongst visitors, which makes it such a shame to see the damage that has been caused.
“We’re appealing to the people of Halifax to come forward and inform the police if they recognise the graffiti style, and ensure this doesn’t happen again as the repair costs mean it is ultimately the fare-paying passenger who has to pay for this damage.”
Tudor Gwynn, operation and projects director at the National Children’s Museum, said it been left heartbroken at the “mindless act of vandalism” so soon after the educational attraction had been refurbished.
Inspector Colin Skeath of the Halifax Neighbourhood Policing Team, added: “The Eureka! museum is an important attraction in the town with lots of visitors, including children. This vandalism is unacceptable and I would appeal directly to anyone who witnessed this incident to come forward.”
Anybody with information should contact West Yorkshire Police via 101, quoting reference 13150507971.