Vandals attack rare Ripon building for third time this year
Oct 25, 2021
Photo of damaged frame at Cabmen's Shelter
The damaged door frame.

Ripon’s rare cabmen’s shelter on Market Square has been vandalised for the third time in seven months.

City police were informed yesterday evening after it was discovered that the locked door of the shelter had been forced open.

This caused damage to the door frame of the Grade II listed building.

The Mayor of Ripon Councillor Eamon Parkin, who visited the scene yesterday evening, told the Stray Ferret:

“This is the third time that I have been called out to see the wilful and mindless damage that has been caused to the shelter by vandals.

“They clearly have no consideration for anybody else’s property and I just hope that with the CCTV we have in place in the city centre, the police will look through the footage, identify those involved and make arrests.”

The shelter, which dates back to 1911 and is the only moveable listed building in the country, also had windows broken by vandals in March and June.

Photo of Cabmen's Shelter plaque

The Ripon Civic Society plaque on the shelter’s door.

The shelter, which is owned by Ripon City Council, underwent a major refurbishment costing £22,000 before being returned to Market Square in September 2020.

Alcohol problems

Ripon has suffered from recurring incidents of violent and anti-social behaviour ranging from assaults to attacks on property.

Last week, North Yorkshire Police launched a survey designed to call on the views of local people into the issues affecting the city.

The survey asks residents for their views on alcohol-related litter, young people drinking in public places, young people being rowdy and asking for adults to buy alcohol for them.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said:

“We’re keen to hear your thoughts on the issues around young people and alcohol in your community.

“We’re working with the organisation Community Alcohol Partnerships to bring local partners together to discuss, tackle and protect our community from anti-social behaviour often caused by underage drinking

“The first step in this process is to find out local residents’ views and thoughts on the issue so it’s really important we get as many people to take part in the survey as possible.”

People can have their say by clicking or tapping here.

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