South Scotland

Vandals hit historic Dumfries church site

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Image caption Lincluden Collegiate Church has been targeted by vandals on a number of occasions

Police have launched an investigation after vandals caused a "wave of damage" at the site of a former church near Dumfries.

The incident happened at Lincluden Collegiate Church between 2100 BST on Tuesday and 0830 BST on Wednesday.

It is the latest in a string of vandal attacks on the structure, which has a history dating back to the 12th century.

Police have asked anyone who saw anything in the area to contact them.

A priory of Benedictine nuns was formed on the site in 1160.

The church was founded in 1389 but was eventually abandoned in about 1700.

The site is now looked after by Historic Scotland.

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