Intruders have robbed and wrecked a visitor centre, fishing lodge and office and forced the temporary closure of the popular visitor destination.
Scaling Dam reservoir on the moorland border of Cleveland and North Yorkshire was ransacked between Sunday evening and Monday morning (1st and 2nd September).
Extensive damage and theft of stock running into several thousands of pounds is being investigated by Cleveland police who today appealed for witnesses.
It is expected that the visitor centre and the popular trout fishery will be closed for about a week to allow police to carry out a full investigation and for extensive repairs to take place.
A substantial amount of shop stock, outdoor clothing, fishing tackle and cash was taken and there is considerable damage to the building and its communications and power.
Cleveland police today appealed for any witnesses of the raid at the reservoir on the A171 Guisborough to Whitby Road. Anyone with information should contact investigating officer pc Stephen Woodacre on the non emergency 101 telephone line.
Don Coe, Fisheries and Waterside Parks Manager for Northumbrian Water, said: “We will do all we can to get the lodge and the fishery open again as soon as possible. It’s a very popular spot which has so far this year been enjoyed by more than 4,500 people for walking, fishing and picnics.
“We want to make sure that this destructive and wanton damage doesn’t spoil the future enjoyment for very long as around 10,000 people will visit Scaling Dam during the season from March to October,” he said.
News of the fishery reopening will be posted on ‘Fishing with Northumbrian Water’ Facebook and information will also be available on the Leisure line 0845 155 0236.
The sailing club at the reservoir is not affected and remains open.
For further information contact : Alistair Baker, Communications & PR Manager 0191 3016851 / 07711 793493.