VANDALS have destroyed a 200-year-old window at a historic village building.

The damage to the Old Grammar School is the latest incident in a spate of anti-social behaviour in Whalley.

Last month CCTV cameras had to be installed in the grounds of Whalley Abbey to protect it from potential damage from gangs of youths coming into Whalley from surrounding towns and villages.

The spate of vandalism led to a meeting between police, councillors and parish representatives with the deputy police and crime commissioner, Andy Pratt.

Terry Hill, chairman of trustees for Whalley Education Foundation which runs the school built in 1725 as a community centre,

said: "On Sunday night, a group of male youths deliberately vandalised the Old Grammar School by throwing a ball at an upstairs window from the area of the car park until they broke it.

"The window is very old and possibly original.

"The group were caught on CCTV and the incident has been reported to the police.

"This is the latest in a series of antisocial behaviour in Whalley over the past few months which is causing great anxiety within the village.

"The culprits this time will hopefully be identified from the CCTV footage. "

Martin Fewster, the honorary secretary to the WEF trustees told local PCSO Sian Coffey:I am sorry to say that we have had another incident at the Old Grammar School.

"A ball was thrown at an upstairs window, overlooking our car park, smashing it. The window is probably original and over 200 years old.

" Fortunately, we have CCTV footage of the incident. We now know the damage was done last Sunday evening.

"I should add that the residents of the neighbouring house heard the breakage and know that youths gather in the tinned roof undercover area, which seems to be causing them some distress.

"Up until this year, we have had no problems such as these and any assistance that the police can give to resolve these problems will be much appreciated."

A police spokesman said: "The matter has been reported to us and we will be investigating."

The WEF has just been granted to planning permission by Ribble Valley Council for a major renovation of the buildings.

Whalley Royal Grammar School originally established in 1541 over the Whalley Abbey Gate House and certified by Queen Elizabeth 1.