Stratford clock struck

Last updated 05:00 01/03/2014

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Stratford's famous glockenspiel clock tower has been hit by vandals for the first time in a decade.

Police are still seeking information from the public after the landmark was broken into last week and the clock's mechanics were damaged.

Stratford council assets manager Vicki Jagersma said she discovered the scene last Friday morning.

"I walk to work and because I look after aspects of the town as part of my job, I always have a look around," she said.

She said she moved quickly to make sure the damage was repaired.

"Being the tourist season we needed the glockenspiel," she said.

She said the vandals had broken into the tower and although they could not gain access to the four individual clock faces, they managed to interfere with the mechanisms, changing the times.

She said a mechanical engineer and glazier were recruited to get the main street attraction back up and running. The cost is not yet known.

Mrs Jagersma said the only other notable act of vandalism had occurred in 2003.

Anyone with any information can contact Stratford Police on (06) 765 8860.

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