Historic pub window shattered by drunk lout

Remnants of the vandalised historic window at Moorbrook Inn, Preston

Remnants of the vandalised historic window at Moorbrook Inn, Preston

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An “irreplaceable” ornate pub window has been destroyed by a drunken man.

The parlour window of the Moorbrook Inn on North Road, Preston, which is more than 150 years old, was shattered by a vandal who took seconds to destroy it.

The piece of decorative frosted glass was the original pane placed in the ale house when it was built, and was described as “priceless” by manager Richard Fisher-Godwin.

The dad-of-one, his partner and his eight-year-old son were asleep in the pub at around 4am Thursday when the vandals struck.

He said: “I heard barrels being rolled into the main road and got up to see what was happening. I could see three men staggering about obviously under the influence.

“We occasionally get people rolling barrels from the side of the pub.

“As I walked downstairs to tell them to move on and move the barrel before there was an accident, I heard a massive smash.”

It is believed one man took a running punch or kick at the historic glass, shattering it all over the pub’s interior.

Preston police said a 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and was being treated in hospital for cuts.

Mr Fisher-Godwin added: “When I looked at our CCTV it appears the man who did it was agitated and his friend was trying to calm him down, but he was pushing him away.

“It is a piece of Preston’s history and to think it was destroyed in seconds by a drunken idiot is disgusting.

The pub’s co-owner, Jeremy Rowlands, said: “The window has been there for 150 years and its irreplaceable.”

A glazier has visited the property to assess the damage.