THE cost of repairing a library in Newport targeted by vandals on numerous occasions last year has been revealed.

Newport City Council say they have spent £6,000 fixing up Bettws Library as a result of anti-social behaviour at the site. 

Every window has been smashed and replaced several times at the troubled site.

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Other libraries in Newport have also been targeted by vandals in recent months. Ringland Library was one of those affected, where windows were smashed and items on fire thrown inside.

Newport City Council is now urging local residents to tell the police if they know the identities of the culprits.

Councillor Debbie Harvey, who is the council’s cabinet member for culture and leisure, said she was disappointed that anti-social behaviourhad  resulted in such damage.

She said: “This is your library and a community facility which is used by local residents but it is also a target for vandals.

“At a time of austerity the council has to look at expenditures against a tight budget and the council can only commit to replacing smashed and damaged windows for so long.

“If anyone has information about this vandalism we would urge them to contact Crimestoppers."

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If you have any information, you can ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or use the online form at