The Brimham Rocks, a National Trust landmark located in North Yorkshire, was the oldest formation in England with a history of 320,000,000 years. It managed to survive squalling wind, pouring rain, and freezing ice, but it couldn’t survive the stupidity of human beings. What happened to the Brimham Rocks and why?
The landmark had balanced delicately on the edge of a cliff since the last Ice Age, when the crustal movement was just beginning to transport sand and water from northern Europe to build the land of Yorkshire. It also had a specific silhouette which cannot be found anywhere else in the world, thanks to the immense river that ran through there 100 million years before the first dinosaurs walked the Earth.
The uniqueness made the landmark so attractive that it became a famous scenic spot that attracted tourists the world over. Being in the presence of something so ancient evoked a special feeling in all the visitors. Unfortunately, the chance to experience that feeling is now gone…
It was a group of tourists who first noticed that something was wrong. They were just rambling through the woods and sightseeing on the hills like many others. But the landmark that was supposed to be standing on the top of the crag was not there. Where had it gone?
As can be clearly seen in the picture above, the rock fell down from the crag and hit the ground, breaking into pieces. Incredibly a group of young people had been spotted pushing the stone in the evening, which had resulted in the total destruction of the landmark. Not only that, they had made things even worse…
Unsatisfied with simply causing the rock to shatter into pieces, they also decided to leave their mark in a more visible way. The vandals doodled on top of the ancient historical site where the boulder had once stood. Surely they have to get their comeuppance for this! Therefore, the police got involved…
“The incident has not only caused considerable damage to the rock and the crag face,” North Yorkshire Police said. “but those responsible also put themselves in danger and have created a potential hazard for other visitors to Brimham Rocks.” Meanwhile, the graffiti tags have also impacted the value of the site as a tourist attraction.
The police shut down the area to protect tourists and locals from danger, due to possible rockfalls. They also deduced that the suspects must live close to the area, as it was the only possible explanation of how they had fled so quickly without being caught. Nearby residents were infuriated by the destruction of the rocks. How dare these teens ruin such a historic landmark!
“It might have been fun for some people,” the National Trust spokeswoman added. “Actually, it is just completely pointless and needless.” Is this just a group of teenagers amusing themselves out of boredom, or is it deliberate vandalism? Let’s see what people on social media think.
Everyone was outraged by the vandals behavior. Some pointed out that these teens were not in awe of nature and history at all, and this lack of respect is an example of the world becoming a worse place. What do you think of all this?
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