'MINDLESS' vandals have caused more than £5,000 of damage in two attacks on Caernarfon's multi-million pound railway station.

Glass panels that form part of the front of the new Welsh Highland Railway building were damaged during the nights of Thursday, November, 28 and Friday, November 22

A statement from the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways said: "We are disappointed to announce that our new multi-million-pound station building in Caernarfon has once again fallen victim to vandalism."

The repair bill is likely to be in excess of five thousand pounds.

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways General Manager Paul Lewin pledged that the railway would "vigorously pursue" the culprits with he help of police, and high resolution CCTV footage.

“The Welsh Highland Railway is a huge anchor attraction for North Wales.

"We now have a station that is in keeping with our ambitions for the future and want to play a bigger part in Caernarfon and the waterfront area.

"We have enjoyed wonderful co-operation from the local people and have forged great relationships in the town, therefore it’s regrettable that a mindless few seem intent upon spoiling this.

"Rest assured that with the cooperation of North Wales Police we will vigorously hunt down those responsible and pursue damages.

"The area is covered by high-definition CCTV which will provide evidence.”

The new station was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government, and forms a key part of the £16m Waterfront Development Project led by Gwynedd County Council.

It aims to give a major boost to this historic area.

Mr Lewin added: "There is a concerted effort by all parties involved in the regeneration to make Caernarfon a vibrant and attractive place to visit, and incidents of this type do nothing to help."