AN “irreplaceable” iconic stone landmark that took 320million years to form has been smashed in seconds by “idiot” youths.
One of the balancing stones at the Brimham Rocks was sent toppling from its perch in what authorities have described as a “completely pointless” act by the thoughtless kids.
SWNS:South West News Service One of the balancing sandstone rocks at Brimham Rocks was sent toppling by youths
The youths had been spotted pushing the sandstone rock off the crag at the National Trust owned tourist spot at Summerbridge, North Yorks, two weeks ago – forever damaging the iconic landmark.
Slamming the careless act, Helen Clarke, from the National Trust, said: “It might have been fun for some people.
“Actually, it is just completely pointless and needless.”
Thousands of tourists flock to the stunning landmark every year to see the weird and wonderful shapes sculpted by wind and ice over millions of years.
SWNS:South West News Service The ‘irreplaceable’ landmark was smashed in what authorities have described as a ‘completely pointless’ act
SWNS:South West News Service Youths were seen vandalising the rocky landmark that took millions of years to form
SWNS:South West News Service Authorities have since warned the careless act has also created potentially dangerous conditions
People have also carved their names into the sandstone – previously touched only by nature.
Names including “Lee & Chez” and “Siona” have been scrawled into the soft rock – as well as “2K18”.
But the years of history that began before the first dinosaurs walked the earth have been spoilt by the careless act.
Police have now warned the careless actions has created a potential hazard for other visitors to the site.
ROCKY HISTORY: What you need to know about the Brimham Rocks
THE Brimham Rocks is a stunning spectacle on the Moors in North Yorkshire.
But what makes these rock formations special?
The natural spectacle was created by a river 100 million years BEFORE the first dinosaurs walked the earth.
The rocks were sculpted over 320million years, formed into impressive shapes by ice and wind.
Many of the formations have even been named thanks to their odd shapes, with titles including the Camel, the Turtle and the Dancing Bear.
The site now attracts thousands of tourists every year, with many even able to crawl through some of the more tube-like formations.
The area was recognized as being a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1958.
SWNS:South West News Service The sandstone has previously only been impacted by wind and ice – now having people’s names carved into them
SWNS:South West News Service The historic landmark has been defaced by careless visitors
SWNS:South West News Service Many people have made their mark on the iconic stones on the Moors at North Yorks
SWNS:South West News Service The area has been cordoned off by authorities, with visitors warned of an unstable cliff face
The treatment of the landmark site has sparked outrage online, with one writing: “There really are no words to describe these mindless idiots.”
Another added: “I truly hope these mindless idiots are found and held accountable for this.”
A North Yorkshire Police statement said they had received reports that five young people were seen pushing a rock from its perch about 8.45pm on Friday, June 1.
They said: “This resulted in the rock falling from the crag causing damage to the crag face.
“The damage this has caused is irreplaceable and it is now in a potentially dangerous condition.
“The incident has not only caused considerable damage to both the rock and the crag face, but those responsible also put themselves in danger and have created a potential hazard for other visitors to Brimham Rocks.”
They appealed for anyone with information to come forward and to contact them on 101 and quoting reference 12180097959.