Who are Pittville scratch vandals 'Ryan, Alan and Scott'
GRAFFITI has been scratched into the side of one of Cheltenham's most historic buildings.
Police are hunting for three people who marked pillars at Pittville Pump Room with their names.
Offenders scratched the names Ryan, Alan and Scott into two pillars outside the grade one-listed building.
Detectives are now following up a number of inquiries, but are keen to hear from anyone with any information about the crime.
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Fiona Clark, from the Friends of Pittville Park, said she was disappointed to hear about the vandalism.
She said: "Speaking from a personal point of view, it is very sad as it is such a beautiful building.
"It is a shame that these people feel they need to make their mark in this way and spoil our historic buildings.
"Once someone sees this graffiti, it makes them feel that they can just do the same thing."
Currently owned by Cheltenham Borough Council, Pittville Pump Room is more than 180 years old.
It was commissioned by Joseph Pitt, who is credited with developing Pittville.
He asked the architect John Forbes to design a pump room which would act as the centrepiece to his vision of a town to rival Cheltenham.
The foundation stone was laid on May 4, 1825, and the work was completed in 1830.
Councillor John Rawson, deputy leader of the borough council, said the authority would repair it as soon as possible.
A surveyor from the authority has already been sent out to assess the damage.
"It is heartbreaking when people deface what is one of Cheltenham's most impressive buildings," added Mr Rawson.
"We are committed to retaining the Pump Room and we will be looking at this urgently to remove any signs of vandalism and restore the pillar to its previous condition. If this is left visible, then it may encourage others to do more."
Anyone with information should contact Gloucestershire police on 101, quoting incident number 143 of September 10.