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Yobs caught on camera defacing Jurassic cliffs
9:36am Friday 30th August 2013 in Latest
Police are hunting two yobs caught on camera painting their names onto ancient cliffs along a stretch of the Jurassic coast.
The vandals used a red spray can to deface the limestone cliffs at Old Harry Rocks, and posing for pictures alongside the graffiti.
Onlookers watched in horror as men drove their small red and white motorboat over to a tiny beach before vandalising the 65million year old rocks.
Using the red paint they daubed the names Martin and Wayne in huge letters on the rocks then took their turn posing for photographs.
Dorset police have now launched an investigation into the incident at the beauty spot, owned by the National Trust.
One horrified eyewitness, who asked not to be named, said: 'I was out with my family on our small day boat doing a bit of fishing near Old Harry Rocks.
'I was taking pictures of the beautiful coastline on my phone when I spotted a small group of men who had driven their boat to the bottom of a cliff.
'They looked like they were getting ready to climb up the cliff so I didn't really think anything more of it.
'It was only when my partner and son were on their way back to the boat that I realised what they were really doing and by then it was too late.
'They spray painted what looked like two names onto the side of the cliff in red paint and then each of them posed for a photo next to the graffiti.
'I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I thought to myself "who would behave like that?"'
An onlooker said: 'I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I thought to myself "who would behave like that?"
'It was disgusting. I hope the police can catch these yobs and punish them for their actions.'
A spokesman for Dorset police said: 'The incident was reported to us by a member of the public and an investigation has been launched.'
The Jurassic Coast was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 and has been voted among the UK's top wonders.
Its chalk cliffs date back 185 million years covering the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
Old Harry Rocks consist of two chalk formations, a large stack and a smaller stump, at Handfast Point, that were formed by erosion from the sea.
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