I'm A Celebrity's Gwrych Castle vandalised by youths who 'demolished battlements' as work on series begins

By Nathan Bevan

The historic Welsh castle hosting ITV's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Of Here! has been vandalised, just as work on the new series was about to begin.

Three children were seen "demolishing the battlements" of the Grade One-listed Gwrych Castle near Abergele on the afternoon of Sunday, September 7, shortly before it closed to the public to allow TV crews access.

It's the second time the Conwy venue has acted as the base for the hit reality show - hosted by Ant and Dec - after plans to use its usual Australian location were scrapped in 2020 due to coronavirus restrictions.

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The incident was mentioned on the castle's official Twitter page yesterday.

The tweet read: "Our final day reminded us how far we’ve come, but also how much we have left to do over the coming years.

"It was a huge shame to see that somebody damaged one of the restored battlements on the east lawn on our last day.

"This goes to show the huge task we have ahead of us."

This picture shows the damage done to the battlements (@Gwrych_Castle/Twitter)

It was accompanied by a photo of large bricks having been smashed from one of the centuries-old walls.

An "astonished" staff member told the PA news agency that they'd seen a group of children "demolishing the battlements".

The person, who did not wish to be named, added: "Thankfully nobody was injured, but part of the building was damaged."

The site was taken over by the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust in 2018 and it has also previously experienced arson attacks and theft.

A representative for the trust said: "We believe that it’s important that people are aware that even in the 21st century, historical landmarks are still being damaged and left to deteriorate."

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