The front window of a popular second hand bookshop in Darlington has been vandalised.

It was damaged during a weekend in late June, resulting in a crack in one of the large panes of glass.

The damaged glass has been boarded over as a safety measure while replacement glass is sourced.

The volunteers at the charity bookshop which supports a variety of good causes in the local area hope it will be fixed soon.

The police are investigating the incident at the charity shop at 23 Blackwellgate and anyone with information as to how the damage happened should contact them.

(Image: Darlington Lions Charity Bookshop)

Kevin Winkworth, co-chair of Darlington Lions Bookshop committee, said: "Fortunately, the damage to the front window did not affect the operation of our bookshop.

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"We have opened as usual and trade has continued to be good.

"We have been able to change the display in our front windows to showcase the opening of Hopetown and of Darlington’s railway heritage, and to highlight the many rare local history and railway books we have on sale."

Darlington Lions Bookshop sells donated second hand books to raise funds for charities and good causes. 90 per cent of funds raised are distributed in and around Darlington.