Good samaritan Glen turns frowns to smiles after village stone vandalised

The newly cleaned stone restored to normal after vandals daubed it with yellow paint
The newly cleaned stone restored to normal after vandals daubed it with yellow paint

A good samaritan has stepped in and saved the day after a decorative stone was vandalised in Worsthorne.

Villagers were upset after vandals painted a bright yellow "sad face" on a stone that was donated to the Friends of Worsthorne and Hurstwood group to create a centre-piece display.

But local window cleaner Glen Nightingale offered to clean the stone this morning and this was the finished result.

A spokesman for the Friends' group said: "What a lovely gesture from Glen, we are very grateful."

Situated on the corner of Hurstwood Lane, the stone is surrounded by plants and flowers and is just one of many projects spearheaded by the Friends' group to boost the beauty of the village and give residents pride in the area where they live.

The sandstone was donated by Liz Atkinson, from her family owned quarry at Briercliffe in Burnley and she had kindly offered to replace it if the paint could not be removed.

The mindless act prompted an avalanche of comments on social media from people disgusted by the vandals and calling for the culprits to be caught and punished.